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BEGINNER’S LUCK ...100 

In Search of Mr. GoodCaller 


RESIDENT GIZMOLOGIST...88 

Zaurus ZR-5000 PDA 


FABLE OF CONTENTS 


EDITOR’S NOTES ... 8 


GOVERNMENT ACCESS ... 82 

ALAWON and the “Reform” Act 


FEATURES ... 


Editors Notes.Page 8 


LEGALLY ONLINE ... 92 

Power Grabs on the Internet 


PEOPLE ONLINE ...104 

Can’t You READ What I Wrote? 


TECHNOLOGY FRONT .. 

askSam Organizes Net Notes 

EDUCATION LINK ... 86 

LINQ: Point-n-Click Classroom 


Southwest Airlines.Page 41 


IN MY HUMBLE 
OPINION — LETTERS TO 
THE EDITOR ...10 


MACINTOSH BBS NEWS ... 

Rocking in eWorld 


DVORAK ONLINE ...154 

Microsoft In The News Again, And 































INTERNETICA ... 63 

Dr. Bob Deciphers UUencode/UUdecode.63 

Procomm Plus 2.1 Adds Internet Features.66 

EFF Dissects Communications “Decency” Act.67 

EFF Proposes Virtual Community Decency Standards.70 

TELEBITS ... 24 

Technology Update.24 

More on the Microsoft Network...25 

Hong Kong Shuts Down ISPs...27 

Criminal Copyright Conviction.27 

Addictiveness of Online Activity.27 

Gurus Speak on “Universal Access"..27 

Curing Vertigo in Virtual Reality.27 

Firewall-tester Used by Hacker?.27 

FTC Consumer Guides on the Web.28 

Client-Server Live News Feed.28 

OLX for Windows Debuts.28 

PowerMac Ships 1 Mil. in 9 Months..28 

Motorola Working On GSM Services.28 

CompuServe Buys Spry for $100 Mil.28 

Supra Launches Mac Fax Tools.28 

Supreme Court Holes Search Protection.32 

Internet Phone Big Hit with Big Firms.32 

Copyright Law Takes Another Hit.32 

NSF Boots General Atomics..34 

IBM Targets Internet Markets.34 

Mustang Software Goes Public.34 

Airlines Offer Seatback Terminals.34 

Netcom Hits 100,000 Subscribers.34 

Net-Busters of Scientology.35 


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Graphic Design and Production 

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James Kovac 


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Cathy Youngblood 


Technical Operati o ns 

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Martin L. Shafkowitz 


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Virtual Vineyard: Fine Wine, Great Marketing.39 

Futures Traders'Web Site.40 

Quarterdeck Basic Browser in German, French.40 

Get Government Off Our Back Web Site.40 

URL Grabber for Windows.40 

Comdex Web Site Draws Registrants.40 

Oracle Distributes Workgroup SW Via WWW.41 

Southwest Airlines’Home Gate Homepage.41 

Babb’s Bookmarks: Personal Pages.43 

Publishing on the Web - Part 4.48 

THE BIG BOARDS... 110 

Delphi Extends Free Trial Hours.110 

Celebrities'Quips on Prodigy..112 

GEnie Hosts Newt, Mancini, Native Americans.114 

AOL’s Web Browser - Ready or Not?.118 

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EDITOR’S NOTES 


DANCING WITH ELEPHANTS IN THE YEAR OF STUPID MONEY 


L online 
community is 
growing up a bit as an 
industry. And the throes of adolescence 
in this case will be particularly grue¬ 
some to watch. 

It wasn’t so long ago that the PC indus¬ 
try itself went through such an evolu¬ 
tion. I recall when PCs were widely 
viewed as toys, and the big question 
was “What are they good for?” and of 
course the corollary “What can it do 
that I can’t do myself with a pencil?” 

I’m not certain the question was ever 
answered definitively, but last year 
American industry spent over 50% of 
its capital budget on personal comput¬ 
ers and related products. I’m not sure I 
quite comprehend what an enormous 
change this represents in a period of 15 
years. 

The PC communications segment has 
long represented the safe haven for the 
pioneers and innovators of the PC revo¬ 
lution that were shouldered aside by 
their more commercial counterparts. 
Hobbyists, home software developers, 
and tiny companies have lived there for 
many years - a kind of bubbling back¬ 
water no one quite knew what to do 
with. In recent years, it had become 
kind of huge in its own way, probably 
25 million Americans playing at some 
level or another. But they were so thin¬ 
ly distributed that no one service 
amassed more than 2 million in any 
one place for even a moment - and hun¬ 
dreds of little software companies, bul¬ 
letin boards, hardware vendors, etc. all 
taking a slice like thousands of ants 
slicing a pie to dust. This actually has a 
certain allure - a signficant percentage 
of the 25 million consumers were actu¬ 
ally, in ways small or tiny, also suppli- 


Despite regular expansion in the num¬ 
ber of participants, this supersaturated 
solution simply didn’t seem to ever 
flash over. The largest commercial 


online services simply weren’t very 
profitable, and one of the reasons bul¬ 
letin boards thrived was that the “cot¬ 
tage industry” aspect of bulletin boards 
matched very well the distributed 
nature of this beast. 

A couple of relatively simple things 
have served as the catalyst to “flash” 
this supersaturated solution, and I’m a 
little uncertain what it will look like 
after the conversion. First is a rather 
broad misunderstanding which, while 
completely inaccurate, winds up being 
true enough in the current Alice in 
Wonderland climate. Some long-time 
Internet proponents, in a kind of self- 
serving form of wishful thinking, calcu¬ 
lated the number of people who could 
potentially use the Internet. By sum¬ 
ming together all the callers to all the 
commercial services and Fidonet bul¬ 
letin boards and anything else that 
could conceivably pass an e-mail mes¬ 
sage via the Internet, and including 
everyone who attended a university 
that had an Internet connection, every¬ 
one who worked for government or 
industry where Internet was in the 
building, they came up with a number 
on the order of 20 million Internet 
“users.” It was innocent enough actual¬ 
ly. Any of those people COULD in theo¬ 
ry send an e-mail message that would 
transit the network. 

But the wider press seized on this sta¬ 
tistical speculation and translated it to 
20 million people ON the Internet. 
What’s the difference? Well it may be a 
bit pedantic, but probably important. 
All of these telnet and ftp and gopher 
and World Wide Web sites, and the 
hysteria to have one, was based on the 
concept that the ravening hoards could 
access them. They couldn’t. That 
required Internet Protocol access, 
which virtually none of the hoard had. 

But the belief system was in place. And 
individual site experience would tend 
to support it. We connected a horribly 
cobbled together pile of TCP/IP stack 
and hacked together stuff onto a SLIP 
connection to our BBS a couple of years 
ago. We didn’t know if it would stay up 
for 15 minutes but we booted it up and 
went to the other room to get coffee. By 


the time we returned with a cup, some¬ 
one had telnetted into our BBS and 
was rooting around. No one could have 
possibly known we were up or even had 
a domain name connected to a live IP 
address. But here he was, rooting 
around. Our Web site takes 14,000 hits 
per day now. We’re not sure why. We’re 
not even sure how as it runs on the 
junk we found in the storage closet. We 
know if we could get a penny per hit we 
would do pretty well. 

What happened? I think the entire 
world has grossly underestimated the 
impact of those trivial 12 cent per 
minute long-distance charges. The 
Internet is a form of long-distance 
bypass. Online services and bulletin 
boards were either expensive (i. e., $8 
per hour) via packet or REAL expen¬ 
sive via long-distance direct dial. 
Worse, they were unpredictably expen¬ 
sive. A certain amount of fear attaches 
to the unknown and possibly traumatic 
telephone bill. 

The Internet allows people to commu¬ 
nicate at the $1 and $2 per hour level, 
or better totally flat rate, across the 
country and around the globe. That 
sounds like a “contributing” factor to 
the net’s growth. Actually, it might be 
huge. It allows all those “dispersed” 
people to land on the same site, any¬ 
where, at any time - the first glimmer 
of concentration. And I think it 
explains the large traffic bottlenecks on 
the Internet. Someone does something, 
anything, significant or interesting. 
Word leaks out about it across the net. 
And within hours, you have to wait all 
afternoon to get a glimpse of the beau¬ 
ties on the Penthouse world wide web 
page. It’s buried. There isn’t enough 
hardware, bandwidth, or anything else 
to handle it. We saw it with a Pizza 
Hut Web site if you can believe it. We 
would have done a story on it if we 
could have ever got in. 

In this scenario, a guy with an idea to 
sell bottled wine via a World Wide Web 
page really CAN attract a huge influx 
of people to his lone site - because it 
isn’t restricted by local calling area. 
Finally it really IS a national commu¬ 
nity. So the fact that there are not 20 


8 Board watch - May 1995 



million REALLY, doesn’t matter at all. 
The effect is the same. If five or six mil¬ 
lion people can actually access it and 
by virtue of the lack of meter are not 
dissuaded from doing so, it could look 
like 40 million to him. 

And all this has drawn some significant 
attention. I was a bit bowled over by 
the concept of CompuServe spewing 
$37 million cash and $63 million in 
stock to buy Spry. I don’t want to deni¬ 
grate Spry or its notable accomplish¬ 
ments, but this makes no sense. AOL 
has bought Advanced Network and 
Services. But more notably, they also 
bought a tiny little company that had a 
Mosaic Browser product called 
Bookline. It was actually pretty good. It 
was released as shareware one day, 
and within the month, actually before 
going out of beta, it disappeared. AOL 
gobbled it up. It is resurfacing as their 
net interface. The large commercial 
services are terrified of Microsoft, and 
certain the Internet is going to end life 
as they know it. 

It was early March when tiny VocalTec 
released a fascinating product titled 
Internet Phone. It is revolutionary - 
allowing voice over the Internet. But 
it’s embryonic. Already another compa¬ 
ny has announced a full duplex compet¬ 
ing product and I think this will evolve 
into not only a serviceable voice phone, 
but also a video phone with answering 
machines and all the things we were 
promised in telephones at the ‘64 
World’s Fair - all over the Internet over 
the next year or so. But by the END of 
March, both Motorola, a $23 billion per 
year giant, and a signficant chipset 
manufacturer had both inked deals 
with this tiny company. The product 
wasn’t a month out. 

Microsoft invested in a tiny modem 
manufacturer, Shiva Corporation, basi¬ 
cally to obtain their Point to Point 
Protocol technology. Then they bought 
UUNET, a significant player in 
Internet Services, but entirely out of 
scale to Microsoft. Now TCI, the 
world’s largest cable company, is 
squirting $120 million dollars for 20% 
of a Microsoft Network online service 
that doesn’t actually exist yet. 

And we’re seeing some of these compa¬ 
nies going public. Netcom did a suc¬ 
cessful IPO in December, and they 
have grown from 11,000 to 100,000 
subscribers in a year. Performance 
Systems International, another 
Internet Service Provider, sees the 
action and now THEY are floating a 
stock. Now we hear Mustang Software 
Inc., a BBS software vendor with just 


under $5 million in annual sales, is 
doing an Initial Public Offering. Even 
Netscape, which isn’t actually a year 
old, is flirting with virtually everyone. 

The scale of it is what is unnerving. For 
a TCI, or a Motorola, or a Microsoft, 
what looks like all the known money in 
the uncharted universe to a Shiva or a 
UUNET, much less a VocalTec or a 
Mustang, is so miniscule on the bal¬ 
ance sheets of these giants that it gets 
lost in the rounding errors. On the 
chance that there MIGHT be some 
related and useful technology in the 
closet somewhere at one of these com¬ 
panies is almost sufficient cause to 
pour a few million or tens of millions of 
dollars on it. Kitchen table operations 
can hit the mother lode with a cute or 
innovative piece of software. Party. 



Worse, or better, depending on your 
current position, just a handful of these 
$100 million Spry deals, and every vul¬ 
ture capitalist on Christ’s green earth 
will be rooting around trying to get a 
claw in the next “hit.” Don’t be mislead 
by the concept of these people as 
“investors.” These guys are compulsive 
gamblers and the word is about to get 
out that the “game is on” with anything 
that has the “I-word” in it. 

The result, I must predict, is the year 
of stupid money. By late 1995, you will 
see every stupid idea on the planet 
quite adequately funded thank you. So 
get your bets down...it could actually 
become a feeding frenzy that will make 
what happened in biotech a few years 
ago look conservative and blue chip. 



And I keep coming 
back to the nation¬ 
al community - 
the reach of the 
Internet sim¬ 
ply because 
there are no 
local calling 
zones. It dri¬ 
ves me to 
wonder what 
American busi¬ 
ness and our 
economy would look 
like with the continent 
as a local calling area in 
our existing voice telephone system. 
How much does this subtle balkaniza¬ 
tion of our nation into free calling zones 
really effect businesses and consumers? 
We do know a bit about the impact of 
800 numbers. But what if the national 
psyche itself was actually changed over 
to regard the continent as ope large 
community, where anyone could call 
any business or individual anywhere 
with the same dispatch, convenience, 
and cost as any in the local communi¬ 
ty? In theory, any business has access 
to a 250 million body count market. 
But do they really? 


Very soon, if not as you read this, the 
logjam preventing local telephone com¬ 
panies from being long-distance carri¬ 
ers, long-distance carriers from being 
local telephone companies, and cable 
companies from being both, is going to 
break up. Ameritech is about to swap it 
all out and become a long-distance car¬ 
rier. Once they move, the scramble 
among the other regionals will be 
instantaneous. 


And the technology is developing before 
our eyes to cause a significant “leak” in 
voice traffic to the Internet - along with 
video as a bonus. It shouldn’t be 18 
months until one of the long-distance 
companies, which will then include the 
local telcos and cables, will announce a 
“flat rate” program - a few hundred a 
month for unlimited long-distance ser¬ 
vice. If the local access charges were 
gone, it probably would have already 
happened. 

And once that goes down, it goes down 
hard. I would guess ultimately $50-$75 
per month for a fiber telephone with 
virtually unlimited bandwidth, and you 
call who you like when you like. The 
pace of change does not appear to 
slacken before us... 

Jack Rickard 


Boardwatch - May 1995 9 




Letters to the Editor 


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 


Boardwatch Magazine 
8500 W Bowles Ave Suite 210 
Littleton Co 80123 


Address correspondence to Letters to the Editor, Boardwatch Magazine, 
8500 West Bowles Ave., Suite 210, Littleton, CO 80123; by fax to 
(303)973-3731 or by e-mail to letters@boardwatch.com. 


GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS 

Hi Jake: 

It was thrilling to see you and your fine 
publication mentioned by Biff Monochrome 
in PC Magazine. And to think that for all 
these years, I’ve only associated the name 
of Mr. Richter with earthquake measure¬ 
ments! 

Sincerely, 

Mark Hinsch 
San Diego, CA 

Avidreader@aol.com 


NEW NAME 

Hey Jack, congratulations on your new 
name! Why didn’t you tell anyone except 
Bill Machrone (“Where Everybody Knows 
Your Name,” pg. 83, PC Magazine, 28 
March) that you had changed your name to 
“Jake Richter”? Apparently, Bill “doesn’t 
know Jack!” :-) 

Faust@acces s.digex.net 


PC MAGAZINE 

I see Boardwatch Magazine got a mention 
in Bill Machrone’s article “Where Everyone 
Knows Your Name”, March 28, 1995. It’s 
always nice to see one of my favorite maga¬ 
zines get a mention. Question is, who is 
Jake Richter? I thought you ran the show. 
<grin> It would be nice if Bill Machrone 
knew YOUR name. In any case he got the 
web address right. Have a good day. 

From: 

Suzi.Hamilton@fjob.mail.opm.gov 


Suzi I Mark /Faust: 

I rarely get letters about mistakes in 
OTHER magazines, we have enough of our 
own frankly. But I did, catch the article, and 
it was actually a pretty good take on the 
BBS/Internet question. After you’ve webbed 
yourself silly looking at all this info files, 
where are you? No place. And quite alone. 


Machrone’s analogy of a BBS as a bar after 
the fashion of “Cheers" is actually quite 
good. I looked a bit at the title “Where 
Everybody Knows Your Name” and the 
demonstrated accuracy regarding our tele¬ 
phone number and web site address, and 
have to assume it’s an inside joke. Probably 
a deserved one frankly. I’ve mispelled 
almost everyone’s name in the industry in 
the pages of Boardwatch at one time or 
another, most recently Rick Hemfmjings 
and Bob Metcalffej’s rather blatantly. What 
goes around comes around. 

Jack Rickard 


THE “WHERE IS AOL’’ RESPONSE 

Dear Jack, 

America Online has now about a thousand 
people working for it. Out of a group that 
big I wouldn’t expect you to like them all ... 
Only some of us think we ARE the informa¬ 
tion highway <g> ... 

Rick Phillips 

Sysop, AOL Technical Support BBS 

Rfphillips@aol.com 


Rick: 

AOL does not have a thousand people work¬ 
ing for it. It’s a publicly traded corporation 
and this information is widely available - 
even an employee would have access to this. 

Your fearless leader was the specific refer¬ 
enced. I understand that there may be 
MANY good people working for the compa¬ 
ny. 

Jack Rickard 


AOL 

Dear Mr Rickard, 

I read your reply to John Delaney about Aol 
with interest. I was surprised at your vitri- 
ole towards Aol. Especially ironic when 
your lead article in March Boardwatch 
mentions Aol specifically as a comparison. 
This would indicate that your personal feel¬ 
ings aside the magazine sees Aol as the 
first model to compare to. I would hope that 


in the future you would be able to separate 
your personal views from a general discus¬ 
sion of what is going on in internets. 

I am sure these strong feelings are valuable 
to the quality of the magazine. However I 
can not believe that you can not find some¬ 
one in the two million subscribers to Aol 
who meets your stringent requirements, 
can write well and not be a personal affront 
to you. 

Thank you for Boardwatch I enjoy reading 
it every month. 

Bruce Bragdon 

TTHDR@aol.com 


Bruce: 

Actually, our lead story did not mention 
AOL as a comparison in general. It was 
about a BBS product you can run on a PC 
that sports an interface that looks very 
much like AOL. I absolutely don’t see AOL 
as the “first model to compare to” even in an 
interface specific sense. But the 
Galacticomm Interface in WorldGroup does 
resemble AOL more than anything else. 

It would be unlikely I could separate my 
personal views from a general discussion of 
what is going on in the “internets” [sic]. 
Boardwatch has for over eight years BEEN 
my personal view of what is going on online. 


Dear Jack, 

Firstly, I would like to compliment 
Boardwatch on the excellent coverage it 
gives to various proponents of our favorite 
subject — BBS’s and National Services. 

However Sir, I must take up arms with 
regard to your recent letter to John 
Delaney of Alton, IL., with reference to 
AOL. (America On-Line). Perhaps it’s time 
Sir, to find someone that writes in a style 
and manner that you would accept. 

I am in the information business Sir, -1 am 
a Librarian for a busy public library, locat¬ 
ed here on Long Island, NY. As a librarian, 
I don’t have time to try and sift through a 
lot of mindless prottle that I found on a cou- 


10 Boardwatch - May 1995 






pie of other national services (one starts 
with the letter P !). I can do keyword string 
searches on AOL, and find the imformation 
instantaneously. 

I would also like to point out one interest¬ 
ing sidebar. There are people on AOL that 
wish to help and assist other people with¬ 
out any renumeration on their part. They 
are NOT part of AOL staff, but there to 
assist.. One such person is CathPriest - 
Father Roy. 

Father Roy had been on AOL since 
September of 1994, and saw that there was 
a need out there in Cyberspace to answer 
people’s questions on faith, while also being 
there for a person in need of pastoral assis¬ 
tance. He receives quite a large amount of 
e-mail, and the room has grown in size over 
the ensuing months. There are other 
priests on-line that enter the room and 
assist, as well as taking up some of Father 
Roy’s over-burdened mailbox!!! 

Please don’t fluff off the wonderful service 
that AOL does provide for the people. 

Sincerely, 

Joan Oliva Welch 
From: Joan0sawy.com 

Joan: 

Any online service (even NVN, ask me some¬ 
time what the hell THAT is) has its detrac¬ 
tors and proponents. If you have found good 
value online, take it where you find it. I 
don’t like AOL. I don’t like the people who 
run AOL. And it probably doesn’t matter. 
They’ve rounded up a good number of people 
who believe they are getting good value for 
their money. Well and good enough. I’m not 
one of them. 

Jack Rickard 


GUI’S AND THE HANDICAPPED 

Hopefully a short note on the March 
“People Online” section. The trend towards 
GUI’s seemingly is irresistable (Jim 
Thompson’s article in the same issue is a 
good example). Yet the tools to allow every¬ 
one to take advantage of a GUI interface, 
especially the mobility impaired or blind, 
are poor or really lacking. 

If you are blind or can’t maneuver a mouse 
you can forget AOL or Prodigy, and an 
increasing number of BBS’s. This is sad, as 
Phyllis pointed out nicely in her article the 
benefits of being a participating member of 
the online community. 

I find myself in a quandry. I can under¬ 
stand the business forces that are driving 
towards GUI interfaces but I feel bad for 
those who “see” places like AOL that they 
can’t participate in; or who see places 
where they could participate swing over 


into the GUI world, leaving them offline. 
The old is giving way to the new, but the 
new is at a higher technology level and may 
leave many people behind. I kinda wish 
that the AOLs and Prodigy’s of the world 
would either put the means in place in their 
software to let people who can’t use a GUI 
still participate, or maybe even get together 
to help develop the technology needed to 
allow the blind and handicapped to use 
GUIs. 

I don’t know what the answer to the prob¬ 
lem is, but it seems a shame that the tech¬ 
nology that is turning the online world on 
fire is potentially going to cut off a large 
number of people who, quite honestly, 
would probabaly be good customers of the 
services. 

Thanks to Phyllis for telling the story that 
she told and to you Jack for a magazine 
that covers this amazing area. 

Regards 

John 

jmcgingOaccess. digex. net 


John: 

I understand the problem, but I think you 
pointed to the solution in the first para¬ 
graph. There was a time when handicapped 
and visually impaired individuals were 
unable to use personal computers at all. 
Tools were developed to allow them to read 
the screen etc. and I personally found these 
text to speech products near miraculous. At 
this point, PCs are a very capable enabling 
technology. 

These tools do have serious problems with 
GUI interfaces. But graphic interfaces, as 
you point out, generally make use of the 
computer easier for the vast majority of us. 
And it is markedly the direction software 
development has taken. 

I tend to look for technical solutions to tech¬ 
nical problems - perhaps a failing. But it 
would, seem a pregnant opportunity for 
someone to develop the tools necessary to 
again bridge the gap between the needs of 
handicapped individuals and the current 
state of the art in computer interfaces. At 
this point the old excuse that there is insuffi¬ 
cient market among the small numbers of 
handicapped individuals is probably not 
even true. A few companies have done very 
well and nearly own the market for their 
respective solutions ■ to some good effect. 

We’ll print your letter in the hopes it starts 
the wheels turning in some bright young 
mind capable of a solution. 

Jack Rickard 


Hi Jack, 

This is my first time writing to you. I really 
enjoy your publication. I just started navi¬ 
gating the Net about a week ago. 

My question/comments are in regards to 
BBSes that allow TelNet in. In the back of 
your magazine, I noticed the BBS Ads and 
a few claim No Fee but yet when I Telnet to 
them, its actually isn’t the case. I get a lim¬ 
ited free demo access and then I am obligat¬ 
ed to subscribe. Its no big deal, but it kinda 
reminds me of some sort of ‘false advertis¬ 
ing.’ An example is World Data Network. 
Telnet: wdn.com It says in the ad: No Fee, 
and free access. Now, what exactly does 
that mean? Free to TelNet to? Or Free to 
use the BBS? 

Anyays, I was just wondering since I am 
new to the Net and would like to find some 
sites worth going to. Please don’t misunder¬ 
stand this letter, I don’t have anything 
against Subscription BBSes, but they 
should let the readers know in your publi¬ 
cation. Alot of the other BBSes advertised 
do this, its just a few that don’t. 

Thanks for your time. 

barry0spectra.nat 

P.S. You might want to add Spectra.Net to 
the InterNet SLIPP/PPP Host List. 

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Voice: (607)798-7300 

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Barry: 

At this point, I would say most bulletin 
boards have some level of subscription fee 
support or other fee structure. Generally, 
almost all allow you some “free” access to 
look the service over and get a feel for 
whether you would be at home there or not. 
The mix of what is free and what you must 
pay for is a genuine quandary for online ser¬ 
vice operators across the online landscape - 
from very small bulletin boards to the 
largest services. It is the subject of constant 
experimentation. Those services that can 
divine what mixture hits the best chord with 
callers will prosper. Those who don’t, will 
not. Sounds like you found a couple of 
losers. The good news is that they can learn 
the hard lessons and change it completely in 
an hour or less. Vote with your dollars, and 
I think we’ll see a free and. unfettered mar¬ 
ket work best. 


Boardwatch - May 1995 11 



We did publish a list of telnettable bulletin 
boards in our April 1995 issue, and you can 
obtain it from the Dragon’s Keep BBS, com¬ 
pletely free and at no charge, by telnetting 

dkeep. com. 

Thanks for the info on Spectra Net. We’ll 
add it. 

Jack Rickard 


THE PROJECT 

A note or two to Doug Shaker regarding his 
“project”. First, he’s a brave fella for allow¬ 
ing us to watch his trials and tribulations 
in print. I know that I’m glad that a few of 
my own “startup experiences” will die with 
me! 

Hate DOS? Bastard child of CP/M? But of 
course. I think most of us know the scam 
that brought us the original MS-DOS. 
However, those that fall in love with alter¬ 
native operating systems should consider 
the realities of the job at hand. I’d be the 
first to agree that DOS is pretty pathetic for 
a great many applications, but here Doug is 
hammering the poor thing in one of the few 
situations where it can be exactly what the 
doctor ordered - a low profile from a 
resource requirements standpoint. No tool 
is right for every job, and *that* is the real¬ 
ity. 

Give me the latest release of OS/2 if the job 
at hand "‘needs* an Intel based multi-pur¬ 
pose, multi-tasking operating system. On 
the other hand, if I’m using a machine sole¬ 
ly for the purpose of running a BBS, what I 
need is an operating system that as much 
as possible just stays the #*&%$ out of the 
way of my software, introducing the small¬ 
est interface layer between that software 
and the hardware that actually does the 
work. 

I love OS/2.1 hate Windows (pick an edition 
— with my luck at locked up applications, 
CTRL-ALT-DEL seems to be the Microsoft 
default mode for program termination). I 
could live without UNIX (and use it just 
about daily). Any of these for a BBS? Why 
on earth add the additional interface 
layer(s) of an operating system that by 
necessity virtualizes every blessed piece of 
hardware in the system to avoid all of the 
applications crashing into one another? 
Because it’s easier to write the code when 
someone else has already done half your 
work, I suspect. For a BBS, such an OS is 
constantly stealing away precious CPU 
cycles that could be put to far better use 
serving the callers’ needs. Any operating 
system does this to a greater or lesser 
extent, DOS less than most others that can 
be run on an Intel machine. Few, however, 
are talented (or demented) enough to write 
requisite code from scratch. 

Doug wants something that will run on that 
bright, shiny new Pentium he bought him- 

12 Boardwatch - May 1995 


self. With an operating system that induces 
mucho overhead into the equation before he 
even fires up the BBS application, he may 
well need it. 

Multi-tasking operating systems are, by 
nature, less efficient than a BBS package 
written to accomplish the same purpose. 
Today’s multi-tasking operating systems’ 
taskers and resource managers and etc. 
must be written for “general purpose” use 
as opposed to multi-line BBS software that 
can be written to “multi-task” in a *very 
application specific* way and wring the 
absolute maximum out of the available 
hardware as a result. 

I’m also a bit concerned over the issue of IP 
connectivity as offered in some of the pack¬ 
ages he has researched. Best check to see 
what sort of throughput is really likely with 
each, most especially the low cost “software- 
only” solutions of the two finalists that 
remained at the end of his culling process. 
They sound great on paper, but I suspect a 
chat with those who have actually installed 
them is in order. 

In most situations, give me DOS, the mini¬ 
malist solution, and give me decent DOS 
based multi-line BBS software that will run 
a whole PILE of lines at >90% 28.8K 
throughput on one cheap motherboard and 
a pittance of memory. 

Give it to Doug, too, because when he finds 
out what those IP connections he neglected 
to add to his “Baby Godzilla” project costs 
are going to run him, he’ll likely be scram¬ 
bling for more cost effective solutions! Eight 
lines of inbound Telnet bandwidth are 
going to require a whole lot more than a 
SLIP (modem based) connection; quite pos¬ 
sibly more than the ISDN connection (even 
if bridged to a 128K configuration — frac¬ 
tional T1 territory) if he’s going to move 
much data over them and keep his users 
happy at the same time. Here’s hoping he 
lives next door to the POP for his Internet 
host. This leased line stuff gets ugly expen¬ 
sive in a hurry! 

However it comes out, I do wish him luck, 
and look forward to reading the updates as 
the project progresses. It’s bound to prove 
educational. Will be particularly interested 
in his experiences with the TSX operating 
system. It’s an odd duck with some real 
promise, although perhaps even more 
promise for other applications. 

Chris Anderson 

chria.andsrsonSdinosaur.com 


Chris: 

Always good to hear from you. Dinosaur 
appeared in the first issue of Boardwatch in 
March, 1987 as I recall. 

Doug Shaker’s column has been very well 
received, and I think the magic has been as 
you stated it, he’s let us look over his shoul¬ 


der while making the mistakes and fumbles 
we all go through. His column this month 
on connecting his TSX-BBS system to The 
Little Garden for Internet is precious. 

I agree that when the only tool you have is a 
hammer, all the problems begin to look a lot 
like nails. But I would love a new multi¬ 
tasking operating system that worked well, 
and I’m currently a little excited about the 
future potential of Windows NT and it’s off¬ 
spring, Windows95. So we don’t share the 
same view of Microsoft’s wares. 

TSX is from out of nowhere, and 1 agree it 
IS terribly interesting. It is a multi-tasker 
and shows great potential for Internet con¬ 
nectivity. The gentleman that wrote it actu¬ 
ally taught the assembly language course 
where Phil Becker got his first taste of pro¬ 
gramming. As I recall, you run Phil’s TBBS 
software. It’s a fascinating industry. 

But the wider point you make is even more 
interesting. A view of any BBS software 
shows third-party programs, newsgroups 
dedicated to use and operation techniques, 
and to some degree, a BBS software pro¬ 
gram begins to look and act like it’s own 
operating system. More efficient programs 
allowing the use of hundreds of lines from a 
single PC gain that efficiency by focusing on 
more controlled systems that are dedicated 
to communications. Those that handle lines 
less efficiently, tend to be more open and it 
is easier to tack on external programs and 
do other things beyond the design of the 
BBS software. You rather pick your poison. 
We’re regularly called on to recommend a 
BBS software rather out of our hat and I 
generally demure. It depends a lot on what 
you want to do, how you want to do it, and 
what level of expertise you can bring to bear 
on operating it. Those are huge variables, 
and a quick answer is usually the wrong 
one. I could probably sell a lot of magazines 
with the trick chart, but I think it would be 
misleading. 

Jack Rickard 


Jack, 

I just picked up your March issue and saw 
the letter about Vmodem. I liked your little 
bio of Ray Gwinn, but I think you largely 
missed the point of Vmodem. Vmodem is a 
variation on telnet that includes file trans¬ 
fer. It also lets you use any terminal pro¬ 
gram to telnet to any BBS that supports 
telnet logons and use your terminal pro¬ 
gram the same way you do a normal dial-up 
connection. The significance of this is that 
you can call any BBS in the world (that is 
set up for telnet) for the price of a local call. 
No more long distance charges, expensive 
800 services or packet-switched networks. 
BBSs can change in character from being 
local resources to being national and inter¬ 
national in scope and much more highly 
specialized. BBSs may even become more 
popular than the web because they are 













































inherently more interactive and versatile 
with doors, chat, live interaction with the 
sysop etc. A lot of OS/2 BBSs have started 
offering telnet access. In fact a list of such 
BBSs might be a good list for your maga¬ 
zine. 

Another topic I would like to see discussed 
in your magazine is how a BBS can set up 
telnet access. I think Vmodem makes 
access to the BBS painless and I know 
24Hr/7day SLIP accounts in my area are 
only $50/Mo., but it is the local telco 
charges that scare the pants off me. 

Anyway I love your magazine. The first 
issue I picked up I was blown away by your 
lucid writing and always meant to send you 
a letter expressing my appreciation. I’m 
glad I finally have. Sorry to hear about your 
bad experience with Warp. I think you’d 
like it if you ever get it working. 

Regards 

John 

JcountsSomni.voicenet.com 
The Fellowship BBS (610) 647-6398 


I don’t think I missed the significance of 
vmodem, but thought it worth mentioning 
that this was NOT the authors first venture 
into software of value to the communica¬ 
tions world. 

Right now the solutions to connecting a 
BBS to the Internet are extremely varied 
depending on the type of BBS you operate, 
and in many cases very much under con¬ 
struction. We’ll try to follow it as it develops. 

Jack Rickard 


Dear Jack: 

Would you please cut back on the profane 
language in the magazine? It gives it a very 
bad reputation. In the Decemeber 1994 
issue on the bottom of page 41, you describe 
the Usenet News Reader as “s*it-hot”. You 
don’t even hear that word on television 
because it’s forbidden. I do agree that 
Netscape is the best Web browsing pro¬ 
gram, but it calling it “red hot” is just as 
good. 

Very truly yours, 

hdfv5Oe0prodlgy.com 


hdfv50e: 

Well I thought it WAS shit-hot and this 
ISN’T television. But if I had known that an 
asterisk in place of the “h” would have made 
life better for you, we probably could have 
found one laying around here somewhere. 
I’ll try to watch it in the future. 

Jack Rickard 

14 Boardwatch - May 1995 


INEXPENSIVE WEB SERVERS 

Hi Jack 

I love your magazine. I am new to the inter¬ 
net and have only read a couple of issues 
and find you magazine to be very interest¬ 
ing and informative. 

I have a question. In the last issue of 
Boardwatch you mention that a person can 
put up a modest web server for about 
$500.00. I need to know how. Can you point 
me in the right direction? Do I just call the 
phone company and order a phone line? 
How do I get an internet address? What 
kind of software do I use? 

Any help or information you can pass along 
would be greatly appreciated. 

Jack L Warfield 

dcvhS 8a0prodlgy.com 


Jack: 

It’s a developing field, and one we are 
watching pretty intensely. I don’t know that 
the objective of $500 is really realistic as a 
total budget. We were alluding to the actual 
PC and software that acted as the server - 
not necessarily the Internet connection. 

That said, it probably can be done. THE 
WELL, for one example and not the only 
one, is setting up a service where users can 
host a home page on their service for as little 
as $50 per month. They provide the host 
computer, the Internet connection, etc. You 
just provide the HTML documents. This 
type of “service bureau’’ arrangement is 
undoubtedly the least expensive way to sport 
a World Wide Web page. 

Traditionally, independent World Wide Web 
sites have been run on a UNIX system. 
SunOS has been popular although we see 
stuff set up on BSDI and Linux quite often. 

Our interest is in running World Wide Web 
sites on more familiar stock. Our web page 
of the moment runs on a 386-20MHz that 
lies on its side with no case on it. It runs 
Windows 3.1, Trumpet winsock, and a pro¬ 
gram Gary wrote to be a web server. But 
there are a number of totally free web server 
software programs out there for Windows. 
The box is connected to our office LAN by 
ethernet, and that LAN is connected to the 
Internet by a 56 kbps link until this past 
month when we finally got a 1.544 Mbps T1 
line in to replace it. 

The reason we think this is interesting is 
that it is a familiar and popular operating 
system, it runs on inexpensive PC hardware, 
and we see a LOT of development going on 
in this area. Actually, to handle the multi¬ 
ple session activity necessary, we think the 
Windows NT platform is a lot better than 
Windows 3.1, and last issue we did talk 
about the EMWACS Web Server for 
Windows NT. This issue, we also talk about 


a $499 entry from O’Reilly titled WebSite 
that is due for release this month and works 
on the Windows NT platform. There are at 
least two other major vendors working on 
similar programs. 

The things we’re looking for at this point go 
beyond squirting HTML files in the direc¬ 
tion of anyone that connects. My hot but- 

1. Image maps. The ability to present a sin¬ 
gle graphic image that is linked to several 
different documents or sites. With this capa¬ 
bility, the caller can click on an area of a 
single image, and make a connection to a 
document or site. 

2. CGI Scripts. On UNIX web servers, the 
software contains a link to external pro¬ 
grams called Common Gateway Interface or 
CGI scripts. This is simply an application 
program interface allowing you to add on 
programs to extend the function of the serv¬ 
er. Typically, the application program will 
receive data from the server, perform some 
operation on it such as a database search, 
and return with an HTML page containing 
the results which the server sends to the 
other end. 

On Windows-based servers, how would this 
work? The EMWACS does support CGI 
scripts written in C. The O’Reilly WebSite 
product leans more toward Visual Basic. 
Either way, you have to have a means to 
add links to other programs. Web site soft¬ 
ware doesn’t do much. If you want to tie 
your whizbang database of every diner in 
Arizona to your website, you have to have a 
link. A solid and flexible CGI port is a 
necessity. 

3. Forms. Web Surfers should be able to fill 
out a form online and have the information 
go somewhere useful, and be processed by 
some useful program. This is related to CGI 
but not necessarily. HTML has a kind of 
built in forms language. 

4. Access Control. Bulletin boards control 
access to the system and to various features 
of the system via a USERLOG database 
containing a list of user names and their 
passwords. Typically, you can “flag’’ any 
particular user for access to any particular 
function on the service with almost endless 
combinations. Web sites don’t actually have 
this feature, you’re not precisely logged on to 
anything, and controlling access is a bit of a 
problem. If you have information or other 
elements you wish to reserve to paying sub¬ 
scribers, it’s a little difficult. We count this 
as one of those fifteen minute problems. It’s 
probably solved by the time you read this. 
How it is solved and what you have to do to 
administer it could be very interesting. 

Jack Rickard 


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DARKSTAR - NOT SO BRIGHT 

Gentlemen, 

I felt compelled to write after seeing a full 
page ad in your magazine for Darkstar 
1.02a. Perhaps you and your readers should 
know that there is no publicly available 
Darkstar 1.02a. You can only get a “demo” 
for your long distance call. This has been 
the case since late 1994 when it missed it’s 
much publicized Christmas Eve debut. 
There is no new publicly announced release 
date and the software doesn’t even appear 
to be in beta testing anywhere. The BBS 
you call to download the demo isn’t running 
it and seems to have moved to another 
state recently. This seems highly irregular 
and your readers should be forewarned 
before wasting their money pursuing this 
product. The ad says “Nothing else even 
comes CLOSE”. Well, apparently it doesn’t 

Sincerely, 

Tom Morrow 

Tom_morrow@tpsbbs.win.net 


Tom: 

And we want what we want when we want 
it - right? I’m with you buddy. These soft¬ 
ware developers should work longer nights 
and more of them. We need stuff...now. 

Jack Rickard 


INTERNET 

Jack: 

As a recent subscriber to Boardwatch, allow 
me to first complement you and your staff 
for an excellent publication. This question 
may have been asked by one of your read¬ 
ers in the past, but it may be worth repeat¬ 
ing. What exactly is needed in terms of 
hardware and software to set up a BBS to 
provide full Internet access to subscribers. I 
am the systems administrator of a private 
school district that plans to start a BBS to 
offer Internet access (Mosaic, gopher, ftp, e- 
mail, etc) to the various schools in our area. 
We have tried commercial providers like 
AOL but the costs per number of hours of 
use becomes prohibitive. We also would like 
to provide a means for exchanging informa¬ 
tion among teachers and administrators 
which is not readily available to students 
and the general public. From reading 
Boardwatch, I understand some of the par¬ 
ticulars, but would appreciate some direc¬ 
tion (as I am sure others would!). Thanks in 
advance. 

Ron Maniglia 

Maniglia@llnj .pppl.gov 

A body at rest remains at rest. 


Ron: 

It’s a big question and one that we’ll try to 
do more justice to in future issues. The rea¬ 
son it’s hard is that there are a lot of compo¬ 
nents, and they change depending on your 
BBS software of choice. Let’s go over a few 
of the basics: 

1. Internet Connection. You need a link to 
the Internet. This usually involves a tele¬ 
phone line to a service provider, and access 
and support from the service provider. We’ve 
used all of the following: 

DIALUP SLIP - 28.8 kbps. This uses an 
ordinary 28.8 kbps modem to dial over stan¬ 
dard telephone lines to a service provider. 
Our service provider is Netcom and I think 
we pay $160 per month for the service. 
Additionally, since this is a standing link, it 
requires a dedicated telephone line for the 
link. I think we pay about $30 per month for 
the telephone line. Netcom is a local call for 
us in the Denver area, so there are no con¬ 
nection charges. 

56 KBPS LEASED LINE. This gets a little 
trickier. It is probably slightly faster on 
graphics files and so forth because it is 
twice the speed. But it offers no compres¬ 
sion, whereas the 28.8 kbps link does. We 
can actually get better throughput on the 
28.8 kbps link on some text data. But the 56 
kbps seems a little more solid. You need a 
port from a service provider, which can run 
from $150 per month up to about $500 
depending on where you are. You ALSO 
need the leased line from the local telephone 
company - which is very variable depending 
on how far you are from the Internet Service 
Provider. I think we pay Rocky Mountain 
Internet about $500 per month for this ser¬ 
vice, and that includes some $270 per 
month they forward to the telephone compa¬ 
ny for the leased line. Be sure you get 
straight whether the leased line to their 
POP is included or separate in their price. 

If you have to go to the telephone company 
to get one, you want to specify that it is an 
FCC 73 leased line carrying data that will 
originate or be sent out of state. This cuts 
the cost of the leased line to about half what 
it costs to link two offices in the same area. 
Because the Internet links to areas all over 
the world, you get the FCC regulated tarriff 
and it is much cheaper. 

The 56 kbps leased line also requires a dif¬ 
ferent type of modem termed a CSU/DSU. 
A 56 kbps CSU/DSU seems to be running 
in the $200-$300 range. We use a Cray. 

We also use a ROUTER on the 56 kbps line. 
The one currently in service is a NAT 240B 
and they run about $1800. 

T1 LEASED LINE. This provides a much 
better link, at a much higher price. The 
bandwidth is 1.544 Mbps or about 30 times 
more than the 56 kbps line. Our leased line 
to the service provider is about $730 month¬ 


ly and we get the T1 service for $500 per 
month. The CSU/DSU for T1 lines runs 
about $1200. We could have used the same 
NAT router, but opted instead for a CISCO 
2500, which coincidentally runs about 
$2500. 

To further cloud the matter, there is the 
matter of frame relay. Frame Relay is a 
kind of local packet cloud using the evolu¬ 
tionary successor to X.25. It can potentially 
affect your plans in two ways. First, it can 
dramatically decrease your local loop 
charges. A frame relay connection for our 56 
kbps link would drop the local telco charges 
from $270 per month down to about $87. 
And the ISPs like it because they can con¬ 
nect a single T1 to the cloud and handle a 
number of accounts with it on their end. 
They’ll often discount their service charge if 
you use frame relay. The second aspect of 
frame relay is that it requires a bit different 
hardware to connect to the cloud. 

Once this is done, you have Internet in the 
room with you. Typically you connect it to a 
machine on your local area network. From 
their, getting it to your BBS can be another 
adventure. A Wildcat /PCBoard type system 
is very friendly with Novell. A company 
titled MurkWorks offers some software to 
handle the telnet/ftp functions to link the 
BBS to the TCP/IP on the network. 

Another option is to connect a terminal serv¬ 
er to your LAN. A terminal server has an 
ethernet link to the LAN, and then a series 
of serial ports that you connect to your BBS 
machine via null modem serial cables, 
much as you would connect modems to the 
BBS. 

What we actually use is a beta version of 
eSoft’s Internet Protocol Adapter. This 
device cost us right at $5600 and it does 
some very interesting things. First, it allows 
us to do away with the router completely if 
we wanted to. That’s $2500 worth of CISCO 
that would go away instantly. We kept the 
CISCO for general test reasons that have 
nothing to do with connecting the BBS. The 
IPAD contains a V.35 Niwot card that con¬ 
nects directly to the T1 CSU/DSU via a 
V.35 cable. 

The IPAD acts as a terminal server. We con¬ 
nect serial cables from the BBS machine to 
the IPAD and we can both have telnet IN to 
the BBS and allow the BBS callers to telnet 
and ftp OUT to the Internet. Further, the 
IPAD supports other oddities such as finger, 
whois, traceroute, and so forth and all our 
callers can perform these functions as well. 

The IPAD also contains an SMTP mail hub. 
It allows us to receive Simple Mail 
Transport Protocol e-mail directly, and con¬ 
vert it to UUCP files our BBS can handle as 
e-mail. It also takes the e-mail output of the 
BBS and sends them via SMTP to destina¬ 
tions on the Internet. It can ALSO act as a 
Post Office Protocol (POP) mail server. This 
becomes important because we can link up 
some modems, and in one case an ISDN 

Boardwatch - May 1995 19 


adapter, and offer SLIP/PPP links. In this 
way, we can provide SLIP/PPP to ourselves 
at our homes our remote sites. One of them 
actually allows 115 kbps SLIP links using 
ISDN service. 

The IPAD also provides domain name ser¬ 
vice. In this way, we can register a single 
domain with the InterNIC as 
boarijLwatch.com, and have control over any 
machines within our domain to make them 
www.boardwatch.com for example. 

Rather than use an IPAD as we’ve done, a 
number of BBS operators have setup UNIX 
boxes using BSDI or Linux, and linked the 
UNIX box to the BBS. 

This is a rather confusing travelogue of dif¬ 
ferent strategies you can use, along with an 
equally confusing travelogue of what we’ve 
done. It is my intention to expand on these 
explanations a bit as the technology 
matures, products move out of beta test and 
into a shipping status, and so forth over the 
coming months. Additionally, I would say 
nearly half the sessions scheduled for this 
year’s ONE BBSCON will center on how to 
operate bulletin boards and web sites on the 
Internet. It is an area of intense interest. 

None of this is terribly hard. Some of it does 
incur some expense. But there is a bit of a 
learning curve to go through. I guess I was 
thoroughly mystified by routers, leased 
lines, CSU/DSUs, and LAN connections to 
the Internet until I saw the wires, plugged 
in the cables and noticed that it wasn’t 
much different from the stuff we do every 
day to connect modems to bulletin boards. 
You will not believe me now when I say it 
really isn’t hard and really isn’t any differ¬ 
ent. But it’s not. And it gets easier almost 
daily as new products appear. 

Jack Rickard 


INTERNET COVERAGE 

I’d like to add my 2 bytes to the flurry about 
the various magazines covering the 
Internet. I am on a University faculty and 
have been an Internet user, advocate, and 
teacher for many years. I have watched it 
grow, then watched access explode. Until 
Mosaic came along, my interest was limited 
to email, ftp, and telnet. Everything I knew, 
and taught, about the Internet was extract¬ 
ed from FAQ’s or from UNIX-wise col¬ 
leagues. But the WWW changed everything 
for me, and for my students. Then curiousi- 
ty resulted in glances at newsstand publica¬ 
tions which previously I had snubbed. I 
think by now that I’ve seen them all. Even 
Boardwatch was not known to me (though 
my first call to a BBS occurred from a CPM 
machine with a 300 bps modem) until I 
opened my eyes. The only one I buy is 
Boardwatch. The rest are for kids. 

Steve Taub 
Biology Department 

20 Boardwatch - May 1995 


George Mason University 
Fairfax, VA 22030 

staubSgmu.edu 

P.S. How may I purchase a back issue? I 
lost my copy of February ‘95 and had been 
using your http tutorial as the basis for a 
lecture in my course “Computer 
Applications for the Life Sciences.” Thanks. 


Steve: 

I’m very pleased we are hitting the mark 
with the Internauts with your experience 
perspective. I was curious. We spend a bit of 
time ferreting out what is interesting and 
perhaps useful in a networked world. We 
probably don’t spend enough time on the 
part about producing a magazine and mar¬ 
keting it effectively. But I suspect that is the 
difference and I’m a little leary of changing 
it. My sense is that those that are accom¬ 
plished at producing and marketing maga¬ 
zines, don’t have a very good feel for what 
should go in them in this particular field. 
So forgive our typos and help us celebrate 
the new developments online. 

Back issues are $7 mailed first class. You 
can call our toll free 800-933-6038 to order. 

Jack Rickard 


KOREAN INTERNET PROVIDER 

If you wish, you may publish this, but I 
would like information on an internet 
provider for South Korea for a friend who is 
shipping off to Korea in June (Actually, a 
user on my BBS.) Thanks for any info. 

I have been reading your magazine every 
month, and now, as my time to re-subscribe 
is beginning to roll around, I do believe I 
will renew as your BBS is a very useful 
source of information. I do hate to see, how¬ 
ever that even the amateur you had in your 
magazine neglected to look at RA 2.02 for a 
BBS... RA is a very powerful software even 
though you have to use external utilities for 
many functions. That’s what makes it so 
comfortable. You aren’t limited to what the 
author of your BBS software puts in. I 
would also like to say that TBBS has very 
poor message area handling (at least every 
one I’ve ever been on) and very poor file 
area capability. I do like, however much of 
Wildcat! 4’s new capabilities, and at last 
I’m seeing BBSes that aren’t carbon copies 
of eachother. I have yet to see MajorBBS 
tackle the message area & file area han¬ 
dling problems. Because TBBS has no file 
tagging capability, and it is designed to look 
like it only allows you to download one file 
at a time, it’s very hard for a user to figure 
out what he/she is doing. I just wish 
Andrew Milner would upgrade to 
BorlandPascal 7 and come up with some¬ 
thing a lot smaller and faster than what he 
has, but with more capabilities, like 
Digiboard (Which TP5.5 has troubles with). 


Anyway, enough with my rambling on and 
on... I get compliments on my BBS all the 
time, and even though I don’t run it on a 
“power” computer, it gets the job done well. 
(I run on an i8088-l XT) It’s not the SOFT¬ 
WARE that makes a BBS great, it’s the 
Capabilities, Vision of the SysOp, and the 
look and feel. As for WildCat!4, the file sys¬ 
tem is STILL a little difficult for the aver¬ 
age user to master. 

Cory Daehn, SysOp 
The Dragon’s Gate BBS 
Heidenheimer, TX, USA 

cdaehn&tenet.edu 


Cory: 

BBS software is an enigma. Most BBS oper¬ 
ators know what they run, and some rumors 
about the rest. I can see from your comments 
that you’re a little behind the curve on every 
package you mention. TBBS does indeed 
have file tagging and batch download. 

In any event, we don’t know that Mr. Shaker 
didn’t look at RA. We just know he didn’t 
mention it in his column or select it for 
Mothra. 

I do confess a little bit of amusement at your 
comments. Adam Hudson wrote a program 
titled TurboBBS specifically to look and act 
like a TBBS system. He was 13 years old at 
the time and couldn’t afford TBBS itself. I 
played around on his TurboBoard during 
the first year of Boardwatch, and suggested 
various improvements and got to be pretty 
good friends with him. TurboBoard was 
actually the first BBS Boardwatch ever 
appeared on and was more or less my 
“home” before running a system myself. 

He released this software as QuickBBS and 
it was something of a phenomenon. For 
awhile it probably ran on about 50% of the 
boards in the country. He sold it, and it 
wasn’t upgraded for some time. Andrew 
Milner was in Perth Australia at the time 
and grew frustrated with the delays, so he 
wrote a dead knock-off of QuickBBS himself 
and called it Remote Access. 

I actually selected RA as the “enclosed” soft¬ 
ware for a book project I was contemplating 
at the time - never completed. It was a mar¬ 
velous piece of work. In the interim, RA has 
been “handled,” “distributed,” “sold,” 
“owned by,” and “represented by,” a number 
of ethereal entities here in the United States 
as a commercial product. It has almost 
reached the point of “who’s handling RA 
this month?” As a result, I don’t think the 
product ever approached its potential, and 
RA users have had a pretty strange ride 
with regards to updates and support. 

On a broader topic, which we hear a lot 
about, almost any BBS software virtually 
begs for its own magazine. They are for all 
intents and purposes operating systems with 
third party products, lots of lore on tips and 


techniques, and could easily generate 
enough editorial. And a number of BBS 
software houses, including eSoft, MSI, and 
Galacticomm, have indeed published their 
own house organs. But I doubt it would be 
economically feasible. We could easily do a 
column each month on each BBS software 
package out there - and its an idea. But it 
would make Boardwatch about 600 pages. 
And I’m just not ready for that at this point. 
Finally, columnists of Doug Shaker’s caliber 
are just not around to do it. 

Jack Rickard 


0S2 WARP 

Hi Jack, 

First off great magazine, it has a wealth of 
information. Secondly I’m sorry to hear 
that WARP ate your machine. Being a 
member of TEAMOS2 I thought I might 
offer any help I can to get you WARPING 
along. What kind of computer do you have? 
Also what devices? And what exactly hap¬ 
pened that WARP ate your machine? 

Bill Hemenway 
TeamOS2 

Sysop of Hobo’s Aerie BBS 
Seymour, Ct. (203)881-2193 
FidoNet 1:141/570 

Inet hemenway@callnet.com 


Bill: 

Fair enough question given my comments. 
I’ve adopted a kind of arrogant position 
after the first 16 years with personal com¬ 
puters. If it is a pain to install for me, I can 
safely judge it a pain to install for most of 
our readers. And I don’t have to pursue it to 
success to toss that off. A number of our 
readers actually do run OS/2 - even 
preWarped, and are very loyal and enthusi¬ 
astic about this operating system. Dave 
Hughes is actually a little whacko on the 
topic. Jim Thompson, one of our columnists, 
loved Warp. 

Specifically, the machine was a fairly 
“mature” 486-33MHz. It had one floppy 
drive, and one hard drive - a SCSI drive as 
I recall of about 500 MB. It had 8 MB of 
RAM and a VGA card. It was a pretty sim¬ 
ple machine retired to my office at home. 

The failure didn’t give me a lot of informa¬ 
tion. It told me to put in the first disk and 
start it. I did, and it did. It asked for the 
second, and I gave it that one too. It asked 
for the third and I put it in. The system 
crashed with an error message on screen 
that was absolute nonsense but basically 
advised me to call you. My reaction was 
“pass and I’m done.” 

Unfortunately, when I tried to boot the com¬ 
puter without the floppies, it wouldn’t do 
that either. I booted it from a DOS floppy. 


and found that it had deleted my DOS bios 
files MSDOS.SYS and IO.SYS. There were 
some OS/2 files in their place but of course 
we never finished the install sequence so it 
would boot up neither DOS or OS/2. So 
yeah, it ate my machine. I eventually got my 
system files back on the hard drive and 
back in operation - though I was Warpless 
and running strictly on impulse drive. 

Jack Rickard 


OS/2 ATE YOUR MACHINE? 

Dear Jack, 

I read you magazine from cover to cover 
each month, and usually agree with your 
sentiments on most topics. So I find myself 
somewhat dismayed to find in the March 95 
issue you making an inflammatory state¬ 
ment about OS/2, without backing it up 
with some details. 

Regarding OS/2, you said “It ate my 
machine, I want it back.”. I’ve installed and 
used OS/2 on 15 different systems, and 
even with the rare driver problem or IRQ 
conflict, had them up and running within 

I’ve never seen or heard of anybody having 
their hardware or data eaten, so this is a 
real surprise to me. Would you care to 
explain in detail just how an operating sys¬ 
tem “ate” your machine? That kind of rash 
statement without some substantiation 
does a great disservice to current and 
future users of the only decent 32bit OS on 
the market today. You might be surprised 
to find that a substantial portion of the 
BBS community (your readership) use, and 
are quite pleased with the outstanding 
capabilities of OS/2. I really enjoy being 
able to run my mailer, be on the internet, 
and get data from my CD all at the same 
time with no significant loss of perfor¬ 
mance. I’ve yet to see a DOS/WIN or even 
WIN-NT system perform as well. 

If you are having installation problems, 
there are thousands of us who’ll be more 
than willing to help you get set up. Please 
don’t sell us short. 

SSgt Michael D. King, USAF 

mkingOwsnet.com 
kingm@dmcm.ssc.af.mil 


SSgt Michael: 

Well it ate mine. And it didn’t want to give 
it back. And that’s poor enough behavior 
from an operating system to warrant its dis¬ 
missal out of hand. That I could call one of 
the “thousands” of you who have successful¬ 
ly installed OS/2 rather misses the point. I 
could also call Gary in from the next room. 
But that’s not the point either. If I follow the 
“easy directions” on the box, load three 
diskettes, and get some gibberish error mes¬ 


sage and instructions to call SSgt York and 
the Royal Canadian Mounted Police if I ever 
want to use my machine again, the software 
has rather lost my attention as a serious 
effort. There is no question whether or not I 
could get it installed, SSgt King, but a 
rather serious one as to whether or not I 
should bother. And that was precisely the 
point I was making. 

If the implication is that those who don’t 
have 20 years experience on a PC or Gary in 
the next room need to call YOU to install an 
operating system on their personal comput¬ 
er, this in itself speaks poorly of IBM and 
the computer industry itself. 

Jack Rickard 


Dear Jack, 

I love Boardwatch. As an Internet surfer 
and the sysop of a SLIP-connected, four- 
line BBS (WorldWorks Symposium, 310- 
312-3370, or telnet worldworks.com—end of 
shameless plug) I have found nearly every 
article in nearly every issue to contain use¬ 
ful information. 

While I agree with 95 percent of your 
March issue editorial, I must take issue 
with the one example you used to illustrate 
your statement that “If you want less of 
something, simply tax it. If you want more 
of something subsidize it.” Namely, “You 
want less illegitimacy? A bastard tax. 
What’s so difficult?” 

Perhaps this example illustrates the main 
drawback of oversimplifying issues. Yes, 
any behaviorist will tell you that behavior 
which is rewarded will increase in frequen¬ 
cy and vice versa. But the contingencies of 
reinforcement for having unprotected sex 
are far removed from the resulting preg¬ 
nancy, and taxing babies is not likely to 
have a measurable effect on sexual behav¬ 
ior. (Although it might have an effect on the 
probability of having an abortion, if that 
were legal, convenient, painless, and 
cheap.) 

For one thing, among the poor the male sex 
partner usually carries more of the respon¬ 
sibility for unprotected sex than the physi¬ 
cally weaker, usually younger, female. Yet, 
who do the politicos want to penalize? The 
single mothers. And by the way, the off¬ 
spring of most so-called “teenage mothers” 
have biological fathers older than 21. So 
taxing the mothers would be punishing the 
victim. 

For another thing, in the heat of passion 
the last thing a couple is thinking about is 
the tax implications of having children. If 
poor women had enough control over their 
lives to take tax implication into considera¬ 
tion, they wouldn’t need tax disincentives 
to stop having illegitimate children. 

Otherwise, keep up the good work! 

Boardwatch - May 1995 21 


Richard Stutsman 

conujuest@worldworks. com 


Richard: 

I can think of no known examples support¬ 
ing your thesis that taxing babies is not 
likely to have a measurable effect on sexual 
behavior. We haven’t taxed any, and we 
have heavily subsidized them in a number 
of ways. I don’t know for certain that taxing 
them would decrease their numbers, but I 
suspect it would. 

The current argument that babies are 
caused by larger more powerful males is 
simply insupportable as well. It is a very 
popular argument among femmes quite 
shrilly desperate to divert attention from the 
problem through blame politics. But it’s not 
likely to have any basis. The number of rape 
babies is not statistically significant in this 
argument and it does indeed take two to 
tango. 

And how did it get to be penalize ? We were 
talking about the cessation of subsidy, not 
penalty. 

The trouble with oversimplifying problems 
is that it usually works, but irritates the 
hell out of those who spend their lives flying 
in the face of common sense. 

My personal feeling is that the male I female 
alliance is primarily economic. We have 
attempted, with some success through an 
extraordinary period of change in divorce 
and welfare laws, to somehow allow women 
to derive an income from men without hav¬ 
ing to put up with the men. In fact, most of 
the noise in this current debate is striving 
mightily to shift the focus on “deadbeat 
fathers,’’ that is, fathers who have been dri¬ 
ven from their homes but who still somehow 
retain an entirely artificial legal obligation 
to provide the economic support for it. 

So after effectively legislating that we’ll sup¬ 
port a given percentage of single women 
with children through welfare, we will crim¬ 
inalize the male population in divorce court 
in an attempt to get them to financially sup¬ 
port the remaining homes they no longer are 
a part of? It is a bit like trying to drain 
water uphill economically and it doesn’t 
actually work very effectively - predictably 
enough. Women and children will remain 
widely economically disadvantaged until we 
return to the basic economic contract that 
has governed the sexes for the last 50 mil¬ 
lion years. 

But overlooked in this economic argument is 
the potentially more injurious element that 
a nation of children raised without fathers 
will begin to come unravelled around the 
moral and legal edges. We are already see¬ 
ing the effects of this. And increasingly 
many are becoming aware that the leading 
cause of violence and crime among young 
people is they simply don’t have a dad 


involved in their upbringing. This is the 
real source of concern over illegitimacy - it 
produces millions of violent criminals. We 
already have a higher percentage of our 
population in prison than any other indus¬ 
trialized nation, and we really do face vio¬ 
lent anarchy in our streets in the future. 

Jack Rickard 


800 TELEPHONE NUMBERS REQUEST 

Please note that your magazine is available 
here in Australia 

Those living overseas including Australia 
cannot access the 1800 numbers in the US. 

I would personally appreciate it if you could 
make it policy that your advertisers give 
their actual phone numbers in order to help 
those ringing from overseas. 

This would help those who are overseas 
and want to do business with US compa¬ 
nies and having the atual phone number 
would be a big help. 

Hkay@ozemail.com.au 


We’ll try to watch it. 


CBM, AMIGA, AND INTERNET 

Dear Jack, 

I love reading Boardwatch, and especially 
the letters to you as your responses are 
always inventive and funny, and usually 
right on the money! 

I am trying to put together a (kind’ve) large 
system right now based on an Amiga 4000 
LAN with 256 lines for my little niche in 
the market (if this all works out you may 
even be surprised yourself!). There are a 
couple of questions I have, however. One of 
my concerns is finding a reasonable local 
access dial-up for my service. I have spoken 
with the “friendly” people at Sprint and for 
some reason I get the feeling that this 
would not be the best way to go. So, my 
first question is, naturally, who else pro¬ 
vides local dial-up for reasonable rates? My 
second problem is Internet connectivity. To 
put it bluntly, I am a moron when it comes 
to the Internet. I can do all the usual stuff, 
but when it comes down to the inner work¬ 
ing of the whole thing, I am a newbie! 
Although my system is not projected to 
have Internet access until late this year (if 
I even go online!), and much may change 
between now and then, I would like to 
know what would be the best way to go. 
Should I lease a line from an Internet 
Access Provider, or should I take the 
plunge and go for a dedicated T1 line? If my 
system goes up, I want to provide unlimited 
Internet access, of course. Which do you 


think would be better for me in the end, 
considering I may be online for a long, long 
time? 

I’m coming in through a nifty little market¬ 
ing loophole that the larger systems have 
simply either abandoned or forgotten about 
and perhaps this time next year you’ll see a 
picture of my car (currently a 1971 LTD... 
rusted and on it’s last little legs (er, 
wheels!) hehe. Anyway, those are the only 
things I have yet to work out in the grand 
scheme of things. There are some pretty 
heavy barriers to entering the market these 
days, especially with the telephone compa¬ 
nies jumping into the middle of the 
Internet explosion! In other words, you 
gotta have the cash AND the system to 
back it up! I know that my little 256 line 
system will be a virtual dwarf in compari¬ 
son to the other services, but I’m not really 
competing with them for the same thing. 
There is something to be said for simplicity 
(not ignorance)! Somehow I see the giants 
falling though, call it sixth sense, perhaps 
wishful thinking or fantasy, but something 
tells me at least one of the large systems 
will fall short this year (I hope I hope!!). 
Perhaps it is my own system failure I feel? 
Who knows... Oh well, perhaps it seems to 
me that they are getting in over their heads 
or something? 

Well, Thank you for taking the time and I 
look forward to reading the next issue of 
Boardwatch. Kudos to you especially as you 
are somewhat of an inspiration to me (who 
else could turn a newsletter into such a 
wonderfully human magazine!).:) 

Denny Springle 
Cyberlynx Communication 

d. spspringle@genie.geis.com (yuk!) 


Denny: 

It’s a task, but it has made this all new 
again. You are not alone. Thousands of 
BBS operators are struggling with this. The 
learning curve appears steep, but it may not 
be as bad as it looks from the bottom. 

What level of Internet connection to get is of 
course a question. I think a lot of bulletin 
boards could do well with a fairly inexpen¬ 
sive 28.8 kbps SLIP pipe actually. But 
many are actually being drawn into provid¬ 
ing Internet access and we’re seeing some of 
the larger boards jump in with both feet 
and a 1.544 Mbps T-l link right away. If it 
were me, and I guess it was, I would start 
out with a permanent SLIP line, and work 
my way up when I had too. But if you are 
really contemplating a 256 line system, you 
won’t last there long. 

Good luck with your system. 

Jack Rickard 


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24 


TECHNOLOGY UPDATES 

By Jim Thompson 
Western News Service 



N otable Technologies Inc. has announced a new 
Web site that offers easy access to wireless 
industry information and allows people to page any 
AirNote™ subscriber instantly via the World Wide 
Web. The new site also provides access to compre¬ 
hensive information about Notable, including prod¬ 
uct information, customer support information and 
news releases. Notable is the only paging service 
provider to offer paging access through the World 
Wide Web. 

Web Address: http://www.airnote.net/ 

Contact: Notable Technologies Inc. (510)208-4424 



R oad Warriors may want to look to the Web for 
information on traveling with their computers. 
The Road Warrior (r) Outpost at http://warrior 
. com caters to the traveling computing professional, 
carrying modem accessories, memory and hard 
drive upgrades, batteries and battery chargers, 
“Wetsuit” carrying cases and backpacks, and sever¬ 
al cellular products. 

Among the Road Warrior products is the Modem 
Saver™, a device for testing telephone lines before 
connecting sensitive modems. The Outpost also car¬ 
ries modem/telephone adapters, telephone adapters 
and power adapters. 

CONTACT: AR Industries, (800)-274-4277 

Boardwatch - May 1995 



T he PocketPlus wireless modem from Sierra 
Wireless Inc. was honored at the Mobile 
Insights 1995 conference in Scottsdale, Arizona as 
the year’s best two-way wireless modem. 

The awards were sponsored by Mobile Letter and 
PC World magazine. The PocketPlus, the smallest 
wireless modem on the market, features multiple 
data communications options including 19,200 bps 
Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD), as well as 
14,400 bps V.32bis and V.17 fax over circuit 
switched cellular and wireline Public Switched 
Telephone Network (PSTN). 

The PocketPlus modem for Windows is available in 
the $1,195-$1,295 (U.S.) price range depending on 
service and support configurations through leading 
cellular service providers, systems integrators and 
Sierra Wireless. The PocketPlus for Macintosh is 
now in beta trials with availability and pricing to be 
announced. 

Contact: Sierra Wireless Inc., (604)231-1100 

/'"'I rystal Computer Corporation is shipping the 
V*# “world’s first genuine Plug and Play sound 
cards.” In computer systems running Windows 3.1 
and MS-DOS, Crystal’s QuickStart Plug and Play 
installation software allows the user to automatical¬ 
ly configure the card. This means that the user does 
not need to set complicated system resources such 
as interrupt request levels (IRQs), direct memory 
access (DMA) channels, input/output (I/O) port 
addresses or memory addresses. 

Each card uses the Yamaha OPL3, 20-voice FM 
stereo synthesizer, the OPTi/MediaChips MAD 16 
audio controller and the Crystal Semiconductor CS 
4231 or Analog Devices AD 1845 analog/digital con¬ 
verter. The SCSI-2 models add the Future Domain 
9C50 SCSI-2 controller, providing a 2 Mb per sec¬ 
ond average data transfer rate (5 Mb per second 
burst rate) from the CD-ROM drive or other SCSI 
devices. On all models, the PC interface is a 16-bit 
DMA bus. 

The Crystalizer Plug and Play Multi CD has a sug¬ 
gested retail price (SRP) of $249.95 and the 
Crystalizer Plug and Play SCSI-2 has a SRP of 

$279.95. 

Contact: Crystal Computer Corporation, 

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TJlextor Corp., has announced the 
Jr first six-speed, half-height CD- 
ROM drive. Dubbed the 6PleX, this 
new drive line offers the fastest data 
throughput and access times available 
in CD-ROM performance with a 900Kb 
per second data transfer rate and a 
145ms random access time. 

List price for the internal drive will be 
$599. List price for the drive bundled 
with a 16-bit SCSI host adapter will be 

$649. 

Plextor Corp., also announced the 
expansion of their network solutions 
line with a new quad-speed, hot- 
swap CD-ROM server designated 
PleXServer. This combination of com¬ 
puter and CD-ROM drives acts as a 
dedicated CD-ROM server. It can be 
connected anywhere on a network via 
Thin-net or lOBaseT and serve up to 28 
drives when used in combination with 
Plextor’s CD-ROM drives. 

Because you connect it to the network 
and not the file server, it can provide 
access to CD-ROM data even when the 
file server goes down. The PleXServer 
is scheduled for release early in the 
second quarter of 1995. 

Contact: Plextor Corp., (800)886-3935 

D esigner Software Inc. is now ship¬ 
ping DBExpert™ Version 1.0. 
DBExpert is a full-featured OS/2 data¬ 
base that is easy to use without learn¬ 
ing a programming language or SQL, 
allowing users to quickly create tables, 
forms, reports or complete applications. 
The product works with most popular 
database formats, including DB2/2, 
dBASE and Oracle. DBExpert costs 
$495. 

Contact: Designer Software, 

(303)858-0200. 


B itstream has announced two new 
applications of its TrueDoc font 
imaging technology that allow users to 
publish, send and receive multilingual 
and font-rich documents on the 
Internet. Accent Software has licensed 
TrueDoc for its e-mail utility, code 
named “Scotty,” enabling users to send 
and receive electronic mail in multilin¬ 
gual character sets. No Hands Software 
has incorporated TrueDoc into 
Common Ground 2.0, their document 
distribution application, to let Internet 
users easily publish and link rich 
online documents regardless of the 
fonts, format, application, operating 
system or platform. 

TrueDoc technology is available 
for OEM licensing immediately. 
Bitstream’s TrueDoc technology has 
the potential to be incorporated in 
operating systems and component 
architectures, integrating document 
viewing technology with editing and 
document management. 

Contact: OEM sales at Bitstream, 

(617)497-6222. 

A notebook computer privacy filter 
X*.that weighs under one pound and 
measures only 1/2” thick captured one 
of the top prizes at the International 
Stationery Press Association (ISPA) 
show in Frankfurt, Germany. 

The 3M PF 50 notebook privacy filter 
won first prize in the computer acces¬ 
sories and supplies category of the 
show. The filter is ideal for airline 
travelers and others who need privacy 
when using their notebook computers 
in public places. Other features include 
an anti-glare feature to improve con¬ 
trast and reduce glare from office lights 
or sunlight and a carrying case and 
frame. The packaging is made from 100 
percent recycled paper. 

Contact: 3M Optical Systems, 

(800)553-9215. 

S BE Inc. (San Ramon, Calif.) and 
NTT-IT (Yokohama, Japan) have 
announced a partnership agreement for 
NTT-IT to provide its ISDN (Integrated 
Services Digital Network) PCMCIA 
card for incorporation into SBE’s 
netXpand family of remote access prod¬ 
ucts. 

NTT-IT’s ISDN PCMCIA Card is called 
the M-Card 64 Smart in Japan (the 
name of the card in the United States 
will be determined at a later date). It is 
an ISDN/BRI adapter implemented on 
a PCMCIA II form factor. The first 


release of the M-Card 64 Smart card 
will be compliant with the U.S. NT-I 
standard. The card, which weighs only 
1.1 ounces without the cable, supports 
all switch modes for digital data com¬ 
munications. The M-Card 64 Smart 
card will be available in the third quar¬ 
ter of 1995 and will be priced at $699. 

Contact: SBE, Inc., (510)355-2000 

C Jim Thompson is Managing Editor of 
Western News Service in Los Angeles, 
California. He also manages the 
Marlboro Racing News BBS. 
CompuServe: 72777,2677, MCI Mail: 
321-4127, INTERNET: jim.thomp- 
son@wnsnews.com) 


MORE ON THE MICROSOFT 
NETWORK 



"A/T icrosoft is causing terror at some 
JLVA of the larger commercial online 
services with its plan for a Microsoft 
Network. The introduction of “Marvel” 
is scheduled to coincide with release of 
Windows95 — currently August 1995. 
As of March 15, Microsoft had shipped 
more than 400,000 beta test versions of 
Windows95. With expected 1995 sales 
of nearly 20 million copies, each 
Windows95 user is just a mouse click 
away from being on the network. The 
five largest commercial services cur¬ 
rently share a pool of perhaps 6 million 
callers. The terror is that Microsoft will 
effectively “own” both ends — the client 
portion in Windows95 and the online 
service it connects to. 

The server itself actually runs on a 
series of some 178 four-processor 
Pentium machines, each with a 
Gigabyte of RAM, running the 
WindowsNT Server operating system. 
But there may be more to fear than 


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just the fact that Microsoft owns the 
service based on a more economical and 
flexible computer architecture, and the 
client software that is provided in its 
new operating system release. 
Microsoft apparently has some pretty 
serious plans for Internet access. 
Microsoft essentially bought UUNET 
Technologies, a progressive Internet 
Service Provider in Falls Church 
Virginia. UUNET was founded by Rick 
Adams, who incidentally wrote the first 
Serial Line Internet Protocol (SLIP) 
application. UUNET was among the 
very first commercial Internet Service 
Providers. 

But it also appears that 
Telecommunications Inc., (TCI) the 
largest cable television operator in the 
world, has invested some $125 million 
to own 20 percent of the new 
Microsoft Network. Between UUNET 
and TCI, there is virtually nothing pre¬ 
venting very high bandwidth Internet 
connections to the home via the cable 
TV coax or fiber already in use. MSN 
users even at this stage can send and 
receive Internet e-mail and will be able 
to telnet and ftp to anyplace on the 
Internet. Microsoft could fairly easily 
wind up as the largest Internet Service 
Provider in the country within a few 
years. Call (800)957-7384 to get more 
information or order Windows95. 

HONG KONG INTERNET SERVICE 
PROVIDERS SHUT DOWN 

Home 10,000 Internauts in Hong 
O'Kong found themselves in the 
Information Super Ditch when mem¬ 
bers of the Hong Kong Commercial 
Crime Bureau shut down seven Hong 
Kong Internet Service Providers on 
March 3. The raid appears to have 
been triggered by Hong Kong SuperNet 
— the only ISP to have a Public Non- 
Exclusive Telecommunications (PNET) 
license in a move to eliminate all com¬ 
petition. Hong Kong SuperNet already 
had approximately 80 percent of the 
market in Hong Kong. 

At least two ISPs had equipment 
seized and all face fines of up to HK 
$10,000 and up to five years in prison. 
The licenses cost only HK $750 per 
year, but they are only available to 
legitimate companies that also pay the 
HK $5000 registration and HK 
$10,000 compulsory audit fee. Several 
of the ISPs claimed to have pending 
applications at the time of the raid. 

Worse, many of the islands 700 elec¬ 
tronic bulletin boards fear they will be 
next. And one aspect of the PNET 


license we are still unclear on is an 
apparent ability for the telephone com¬ 
pany in Hong Kong to surcharge PNET 
operators HK nine cents per minute on 
incoming calls. This would effectively 
gut BBS activity on the island. 
Ironically, the telecommunications 
structure in Hong Kong is already 
scheduled for deregulation this coming 
July 1, 1995. 

THE SPA USES THE COPYRIGHT 
LAW’S CRIMINAL STATUTE FOR 
THE FIRST TIME... 

T he bbs operator of the “Davy Jones 
Locker,” Richard Kenadek, has 
been sentenced by U.S. District Court 
to 24 months probation and six months 
of home confinement, with the first 
three months monitored by an electron¬ 
ic bracelet. The 42-year old Kenadek is 
also required to forfeit all the computer 
equipment related to the operation of 
the bbs. The Software Publishers 
Association (SPA) monitored Kenadek’s 
board for four months last year and 
representatives of the SPA downloaded 
copyrighted business and entertain¬ 
ment programs that were posted with¬ 
out permission of the publishers. 
Kenadek pled guilty in 1994 to crimi¬ 
nal copyright infringement. The 
Kenadek case is the first time the crim¬ 
inal statute under the copyright law 
has been used to prosecute a bulletin 
board operator. “This is a crucial turn¬ 
ing point on the road to eliminating 
piracy among bulletin board opera¬ 
tors,” said Sandra Sellers, SPA director 
of litigation. 

MAINLINING THE ONLINE DRUG 
OF CHOICE... 

S ocial pathologies are beginning to 
surface in cyberspace. Certain seg¬ 
ments of the population seem to be 
developing addictive behavior to the 
online experience., “Online service is 
not as reliable as cocaine or alcohol but 
in the contemporary world, it is a fairly 
reliable way of shifting consciousness,” 
according to a Harvard Medical School 
expert In an informal survey focusing 
on overuse of online services, 100 
respondents admitted feeling a stimu¬ 
lation by going online, 22 reported a 
“cocaine-like rush” and 12 others noted 
that online chatting helped them to 
relax. 

ELEVEN CYBER-LUMINARIES SHED 
LIGHT ON UNIVERSAL ACCESS... 

I n an interview in the March/April 
edition of Educom Review, Internet 
pioneer Vint Cerf says: “I hope and 


believe that it will be possible to pro¬ 
vide universal access through competi¬ 
tive cost reduction and, where 
appropriate, business incentives. 
Alternatives that apply regulatory 
methods to achieve this goal are often 
found to be inimical to good business 
practice and, therefore, artificial and 
risky at best.” Communications expert 
Peter Huber says, “Broadband cyber¬ 
space is still too new, too variable, too 
unexplored, to be defined and homoge¬ 
nized by policy makers into some sort 
of uniform telecom porridge.” 
Assistant Commerce Secretary Larry 
Irving and Laura Breeden of NTIA say, 
“We believe that all Americans, not 
only those who own computers or who 
live in affluent areas, must have access 
to the advanced information technolo¬ 
gies and services.” Cerf, Huber, Irving 
and Breeden join Ervin Duggan, 
George Gilder, Ralph Nader, Lewis 
Perelman, Ken Robinson, William 
Schrader and Rick Weingarten, in an 
Educom Review discussion of 
“Universal Access: Should We Get In 
Line?” For a little more information 
about “Universal Access,” read Jim 
Warren’s Government Access this 
month. 

EVER FEEL LIKE TOSSING YOUR 
COOKIES IN VIRTUAL REALITY? 

I f you’ve ever used virtual reality 
head gear, you might have experi¬ 
enced those jiggly, swimming images 
that don’t track precisely with your 
head and eye movements. It’s called 
“simulator sickness,” and a graduate 
student at MIT’s Research Laboratory 
of Electronics is working on a prototype 
for an inertial tracker to replace the 
magnetic system tracker that’s been 
used for the last 10 years. The inertial 
tracker senses the orientation of a per¬ 
son’s head, using three tiny solid-state 
gyroscopes built into a plastic block 
attached to the top of the head gear. 
The gyros measure angular changes 
directly, taking a fraction of the time 
that magnetic systems require to reori¬ 
ent the visual display. In combination 
with position-tracking technology, the 
student hopes to produce a head dis¬ 
play that provides a more realistic vir¬ 
tual experience. 

MITNICK PROBABLY USED SATAN 
TO CRACK FIREWALLS... 

S ATAN software (an acronym stand¬ 
ing for Security Administrator Tool 
for Analyzing Networks), which was 
developed by Dan Farmer of Silicon 
Graphics to scan thousands of host 
computers on the Internet for security 


Boardwatch - May 1995 27 


vulnerabilities, may have been stolen 
by Kevin Mitnick, the computer hacker 
who was arrested last month by the 
FBI and is now under indictment for 23 
counts of fraud involving computer use. 
Mitnick broke into Farmer’s account on 
the WELL, a California Internet ser¬ 
vice provider. Farmer says he has no 
way of knowing whether Mitnick 
shared copies of SATAN over the 
Internet. 

SATAN is a project headed by Dan 
Farmer (e-mail: //zen@bi.fish.com) 
and Wietse Venema of the 
Netherlands. It is actually designed to 
allow system administrators to run 
against their own sites to find security 
problems. But many security consul¬ 
tants claim it will be very popular with 
hackers who will use it for nefarious 
purposes. The project is discussed in 
the USENET News Group 
comp, security.misc. Full documen¬ 
tation for the program was released 
March 15 in ftp://ftp.win. 
tue . nl : / pub/security/ 
satan_doc.tar.Z . The program 
itself was released April 5 in the file 
ftp://ftp.win. tue .nl: /pub/secu- 
rity/satan.tar.Z. 

PRODIGY: “WE’RE SORR-RRY.” 

A software glitch caused Prodigy’s 
4T*mail system to send 473 e-mail 
messages, March 10, 1995, to wrong 
members and to lose 4,901 messages on 
the Internet. The mail system was shut 
down for five hours, and Prodigy apolo¬ 
gized to its members for the malfunc¬ 
tion. 

ON THE NET, EVERYTHING YOU’VE 
ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT 
SCAMS, NUTRITION, LABELS, 

SOCIAL SECURITY AND MORE... 

T ast month, the Federal Trade 
JLjCommission activated an Internet 
site, enabling consumers to view or 
download the text of nearly 150 free 
brochures on topics ranging from fran¬ 
chising to credit to hirable solicitations. 
The FTC plans to use its Internet site 
to keep the public informed of con¬ 
sumer protection news. Gopher to 
consumer.ftc.gov 2416 or point 
your browser to gopher://con 
sumer. ftc.gov: 2416 for Web access. 
The Consumer Information center also 
jacked in to the ‘Net with 275 govern¬ 
ment booklets listed in the Consumer 
Information Catalog free. E-mail 
cic.info@pueblo.gsa.gov for 
details. 


IDD LAUNCHES CLIENT-SERVER 
NEWS DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM... 

T o serve the growing market for dis¬ 
tribution of live news feeds within 
corporations, IDD Information Services 
has begun delivering News Agent, a 
client-server system based on open 
architecture that filters news in real¬ 
time. The user establishes a profile 
within the software and the fulltext of 
each arriving story is analyzed for rele¬ 
vance to the profile. Matching stories 
are delivered immediately to the desk¬ 
top computer. For further information 
about this news system contact Doran 
Howitt at (201)740-2605, Internet e- 
mail Dhowitt@iddis.com or write 
Howitt at IDD Information Services, 
293 Eisenhower Parkway Ste. 250, 
Livingston, N.J. 07039 

OFF-LINE EXPRESS FOR WINDOWS— 
HELPS BBS CALLERS SAVE MONEY 

M ustang Software, Inc. has intro¬ 
duced Off-Line Xpress (OLX) for 
Windows vl.O, a new electronic mail 
reader that helps callers to bulletin 
board systems manage their mail more 
easily and less expensively. OLX for 
Windows is a QWK-compatible mail 
reader (a popular e-mail format for 
bbss) that allows callers to read and 
reply to messages off-line, saving them 
from having to run up long-distance 
toll charges while they remain online. 
Contact: (800)999-9619. 

POWERMAC EXCEEDS 1-YEAR 
EXPECTATIONS 

A pple Computer, Inc. is celebrating 
Xxthe first anniversary of the Power 
Macintosh computer line. Earlier the 
company disclosed the shipment of over 
one million machines within the first 
9.5 months of introduction. The sales 
and demand for the Power Macintosh 
are “well in excess of our initial expec¬ 
tations,” Apple spokesperson Amy S. 
Kavanaugh said, “in the year since its 
release the Power Macintosh has 
achieved widespread customer and 
developer acceptance.” 


Association) connector for digital 
mobile phones. Two devices are being 
readied for launch over the coming 
months on a global basis for GSM 
users. The devices are known as Cellect 
1 and Cellect 2. Cellect 1 offers users a 
PCMCIA Type II card connector that 
plugs into a PCMCIA equipped PC and 
interfaces with any Motorola GSM 
phone. Plans are also in hand to devel¬ 
op a Cellect 1 option for the next gener¬ 
ation of Motorola PCN phones. 
Contact: Motorola GmbH +49-611- 
3611-334. 

COMPUSERVE LAYS OUT $100 
MILLION FOR SPRY 




100 million is a big chunk of 
^change, but if you want something 
bad enough, money doesn’t matter. 
CompuServe wanted Seattle-based 
Spry, Inc. real bad, probably because 
Spry is the publisher of “Internet In A 
Box,” and CIS needs to strengthen its 
position on the Internet’s fast-growing, 
graphical World Wide Web. Spry’s 
other products include Mosaic In A Box 
and the Air Series of Internet access 
utilities. The deal included $39.7 mil¬ 
lion in cash and $60.3 million in H&R 
Block, Inc. stock. Spry will become a 
division of CompuServe. Spry founder 
David Pool will become an executive 
vice president at CompuServe. For fur¬ 
ther information on Spry or their prod¬ 
ucts call (800)777-9638 or (206)447- 
0300 for customer service. For those of 
who who have Internet capabilities, 
you can write info@spry.com or 
check Spry’s homepage at http://www 


MOTOROLA READIES PCM/GSM 
PHONE DATA TECH 

M otorola is working on its own ver¬ 
sion of data over GSM (Global 
System for Mobile communications) 
digital phone services. The technology 
neatly catches up with Nokia, which 
has monopolized the GSM datacomms 
market over the last six months with 
its PCMCIA (Personal Computer 
Memory Card International 


. spry.com. 

SUPRA MAC/FAX NEWS AND AN 
INEXPLICABLE NEW AREA CODE 

S upra news on the fax front: 

Faxcilitate (Mac) now supports E- 
Fax Communications Inc., fax broad¬ 
cast service. Also, new FAXnetwork 2.8 
(Macs share a fax modem) is out with 
support for including named cover 
pages, shared group phone books, 
Class2 support and more; 4D, Omnis, 


28 Boardwatch - May 1995 














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kits are now available, too. And now for 
something awkward: Supra’s area code 
is changing from 206 to 360, but you 
may not be able to dial it, because some 
telco local phone exchanges and some 
corporate PBX systems haven’t yet had 
their software upgraded to treat a 
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old 206 area code, but you should try 
360 and complain LOUDLY if your 
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EVEN IF COURT CLERK ERRS, 
EVIDENCE CAN BE ADMITTED 

T he Supreme Court ruled on March 
1 that evidence obtained in a 
search prompted by erroneous informa¬ 
tion on a police computer can be admit¬ 
ted in court. In Arizona v. Evans, the 
Court reversed the decision of the 
Arizona Supreme Court. The 7-2 deci¬ 
sion holds that an unjustified arrest 
and search caused by an administra¬ 
tive error by a court employee who did 
not update a computer database did 
not warrant the suppression of the evi¬ 
dence obtained through the search. The 
case has been remanded back down to 
the Arizona Courts, which may come 
up with an independent state basis to 
exclude the evidence. If you are looking 
for more citations on this case or any 
other U.S. Supreme Court decision, 
Cleveland Free-net maintains a 
Supreme Court Opinion area reachable 
by modem at (216)368-3888, or you can 
obtain opinions in ASCII text, XyWrite, 
or Word Perfect formats from 
ftp://ftp.cwru.edu in the /hermes 
directory. 

LONG-DISTANCE CALLS ON 
THE INTERNET 

T n our April issue, we reviewed an 
J. Internet Phone product from 


Vocaltec that allows voice conversa¬ 
tions over the Internet — even using 
14.4 kbps SLIP connections. The prod¬ 
uct has already been such a huge suc¬ 
cess it is cratering Internet Relay Chat 
servers all over the country. The 
Internet Phone uses IRC servers to 
allow Internet Phone users to find each 
other on the net. Even though all sound 
data is transmitted via the User 
Datagram Protocol (UDP) directly 
between users, the traffic just in post¬ 
ing your name and IP number effec¬ 
tively on IRC servers has clogged the 
servers incredibly. Vocaltec’s response 
to the problem has been to erect their 
own IRC servers for the exclusive use 
of the Internet Phone. They have one 
at iphone. vocaltec. com. They have 
also found a couple of other servers 
that will still welcome Internet Phone 
activity. You can browse the 
http://www.vocaltech.com fora 
complete list and simply capture it to 
your IRCSRVS.INI file in the Internet 
Phone directory. 

Signs of success are elsewhere. 
Vocaltec has announced two very inter¬ 
esting relationships. VocalTec and 
Cirrus Logic Inc., have agreed to bun¬ 
dle VocalTec’s Internet Phone software 
with audio and modem chips developed 
by the Cirrus subsidiary Crystal 
Semiconductor. These chips are sold in 
turn to PC sound card and system 
manufacturers — indicating that sound 
cards with Internet Phone built in are 
probably just around the corner. 

Further, VocalTec has also entered into 
an agreement with Motorola to bundle 
the Internet Phone with Motorola’s 
Power Class V.34 modems. Motorola’s 
Information Systems Group 
Transmission Products Division makes 
the Power Class modems. 

“The relationship with VocalTec is a 
natural for Motorola, which has long 
been a leader in the communications 
industry,” said Ray Wright, Motorola’s 
director of marketing for analog trans¬ 
mission products. “Until now you could 
do a lot of things with modems, but you 
couldn’t use them for voice communica¬ 
tions. We see this move as a way to 
give our modem customers connecting 
to the Internet access to the benefits 
that voice communications can provide. 
We also envision a broad array of 
voice/data applications that this tech¬ 
nology will enable.” 

VocalTec President and CEO Elon 
Ganor said, “The relationship between 
VocalTec and Motorola, a company 
known internationally for its quality 
products and technological leadership, 


expands even further VocalTec’s 
Internet Phone accessibility and is 
indicative of the excitement this prod¬ 
uct is propelling at all levels of the 
communications industry. This is the 
type of collaboration VocalTec is 
seeking.” 

The almost instant acceptance of the 
Internet Phone is striking. We think 
the technology is still emerging. For 
example, the Internet Phone is a half¬ 
duplex solution — similar in operation 
to a speaker phone or ham radio. You 
can talk or listen, but not both at the 
same time. And this is a little irritating 
to use. Meanwhile, Camelot 
Corporation and Third Planet 
Publishing are rolling out a product 
titled DIGIPHONE - THE INTERNET 
DIGITAL PHONE SYSTEM on March 
29th in Dallas. This product claims 
FULL duplex operation and more 
sophisticated features than VocalTec’s 
phone system. More on DIGIPHONE in 
our June issue.... 

For more information on Internet 
Phone, contact VocalTec, Inc., 157 
Veterans Highway, Northvale, NJ 
07647; (201)768-9400 voice; (201)768- 
8893 fax; http://www.vocaltec.com; 
e-mail: info@vocaltec.com. 

For more information on Motorola’s 
Power Class modems, contact 
Motorola, ISG/Transmission Products 
Division, 5000 Bradford Drive, 
Huntsville, AL 35805; (800)451-2369 
voice; http://www.mot.com/MlMS/ 
ISG. 

COPYRIGHT LAW TAKES 
ANOTHER HIT 

ffThe U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled 
JL that Lotus’s menu structure is 
“uncopyrightable subject matter,” thus 
setting a precedent for future copyright 
cases. Lotus VP and general counsel 
calls the decision a “gross misreading 
of U.S. copyright law,” and warns that 
the decision will undermine software 
developers incentives for creative inno¬ 
vation. Mark E. Brown, a California 
computer law expert disagrees — he 
sees an industry no longer held hostage 
and victimized by inappropriate copy¬ 
right suits, resulting in a growth in 
software development. Both sides think 
the ruling will spur software develop¬ 
ers to seek patents for their creations 
— a process that can take two to three 
years and cost anywhere from $5,000 
to $100,000, depending on complexity. 
Contact Mark E. Brown, Poms, Smith, 
Lande & Rose, 2029 Century Park 


32 Boardwatch - May 1995 




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GENERAL ATOMICS NOT PROVIDING 
THEIR FAIR SHARE TO THE NET 

T ihe InterNIC has been a collabora¬ 
tion among AT&T, General 
Atomics and Network Solutions, Inc. 
supported by three five-year coopera¬ 
tive agreements with the National 
Science Foundation. These agreements 
stipulated that a peer review during 
the second year of performance would 
determine the future level of funding. 
The review (the final report of this 
review will soon be available on the 
network) found that General Atomics 
was not providing the promised level of 
service to the community and recom¬ 
mended that funding be discontinued. 
NSF agreed with this recommendation 
and has terminated the cooperative 
agreement with General Atomics, effec¬ 
tive immediately. Steps are being 
taken to minimize the disruption to the 
research and education community and 
to continue the services which the 
panel identified as having significant 
value. 

IBM PLANNING GLOBAL 
INTERNET PRESENCE 

J udging from the previews that IBM 
had at the Cebit Computer Faire, 
Big Blue seems to be planning a huge 
presence for itself in the Internet mar¬ 
ketplace. IBM is pitching for small-to 
medium-sized businesses with its 
Internet service, right through to the 
major corporations. “Obviously we’re 
aiming at the business user, although 
the residential side of the Internet 
market is quite vast. We’re finding a 
terrific take-up on the business 
Internet,” according to Anna Russell. 
The Internet facilities of OS/2 Warp 
generated a significant amount of 
interest at Cebit. IBM is working on 
developing OS/2 Warp Connect, a net- 
work-savvy version of OS/2 that also 
allows access to online services such as 
CompuServe, and the Internet. IBM 
has enhanced its Global Network ser¬ 
vice to support Internet access over the 
last few months. In Europe, IBM 
claims, the company has established 
itself as an international supplier of 
dial access to the Internet, with seven 
dial-up access points-of-presence 
(POPs) and plans are to expand the 
network, both in the United Kingdom 
and worldwide. Contact: IBM, tel +44- 
1705-561780, fax +44-1705-385081. 


MUSTANG SOFTWARE GOES PUBLIC 

J oining the growing ranks of telecom 
software companies going public, 
Mustang Software International (MSI), 
the publisher of QmodemPro and the 
Wildcat! BBS has filed an initial public 
offering (IPO) for one million 
shares, which is expected to 
raise $5-$6 million. MSI, pub¬ 
lishers of the Wildcat! BBS soft¬ 
ware, acquired Qmodem from 
its author and publisher, John 
Friel only a few years ago. MSI 
has since updated the program 
and released a new Windows 
version. At about the same time 
the company also acquired off-line mail 
processing software. The much antici¬ 
pated Windows version of Offline 
Express (OLX) was released just this 
month by MSI. Contact: (805)873-2500 
ext 9000, fax (805)873-2599, Internet e- 
mail rick.heming @mustang.com. 
The initial public stock offering is being 
handled by Cruttenden Roth 
Incorporated, 18301 Van Karman, 
Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92715; (714)757- 
5700. 

GOT TIME FOR A QUICK DOG FIGHT 
AT 30,000 FEET? 

/'"'t ontinental Airlines joins USAir 
V«# and America West in offering seat- 
back computers that allow passengers 
to check their e-mail, transmit a fax, 
check stock quotes and play computer 
games — all at 30,000 feet. By the end 
of the year, the airline plans to have 
183 planes equipped with FlightLink 
computers. 

NETCOM HITS 100,000 INTERNET 
ACCOUNTS 

"^TETCOM Online Communications 
Services, Inc., has emerged as one 
of the more successful national 
Internet Service Providers — offering 
everything from UNIX shell accounts 
to SLIP/PPP to larger connections for 
businesses. They built their own 
national backbone linking some 73 
metro locations across the United 
States. 

The company completed an initial pub¬ 
lic offering of stock last December 15th 
and is now listed on the NASDAQ as 
NETC. Volpe, Welty and Company 
handled the offering. 

On March 6, the company announced 
addition of customer number 100,000. 
Just a year ago, the company sported 
some 11,400 subscribers, which 
increased to 41,500 in September 1994, 


to 72,500 by December 1994, and 
100,000 by the first week of March 
1995 - fairly phenomenal growth, and 
probably the reason you can’t reach 
these guys by phone most of the time. 
They now claim to be the leading com¬ 
mercial Internet Service Provider. 


One of the ways they got there was 
with a Windows software package 
titled NetCruiser that is available in 
some 1,500 retail outlets and only 
works with their Internet service - it 
uses Compressed Serial Line Internet 
Protocol (CSLIP). The program com¬ 
bines web browsing with gopher, tel¬ 
net, ftp, ire, newsgroups and e-mail. A 
NetCruiser account costs $25 to setup, 
$19.95 per month, which includes 40 
hours of access. The program has been 
well reviewed in a number of publica¬ 
tions. See the accompanying sidebar for 
cities/exchanges with local access. 

The company has been struggling with 
growth and the community has com¬ 
plained of lack of customer service and 
ongoing problems with mail, news- 
groups, and broken connections. On 
February 15th, the company 
announced a price increase on the 
dialup UUCP accounts many BBS 
operators use to exchange mail with 
the service. The most popular 
News/Mail/Shell accounts, which had 
been available at a flat monthly rate of 
$60 per month, were increased to $90 
monthly effective April 15th. A number 
of BBS operators flamed the 50 percent 
price increase in various newsgroups. 
But others were hopeful that the price 
increase would decrease the demand 
for the service sufficiently that cus¬ 
tomer service would return to normal. 

Expansion plans continue. The compa¬ 
ny has just purchased 200 of U.S. 
Robotics’ Total Control Enterprise 
Network Hubs featuring 28.8 kbps 
V.34 dialup modems. They’ll use these 
hubs to expand their network to some 
175 cities by the end of 1995. NETCOM 
On-Line Communication Services, Inc., 
3031 Tisch Way, San Jose, CA 95128; 
(800)353-6600 voice; (408)983-5950 
voice; (408)941-2145 fax; infoSnet- 
com.com; http://www.netcom.com 



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BOARDWATCH READER SURVEY 

I n our February issue, we published a one page fax survey form ask¬ 
ing for information about our readers. The results proved interesting 
in a number of ways. 

The basic questions centered on age and sex. The average age of all 
respondents was 37.88 years with the oldest among respondents at age 
68 and the youngest at age 14. Some 93.62% were male. 

We also asked respondents to indicate a couple of other demographic 
items including education and annual income. The average income was 
$58,243 per year, and the average education was 15.86 years - just 
under the standard 12 years of high school and four years of college. 

The bulk of the questionnaire probed respondents’ online capabilities 
and habits. Only two categories of modem speed were selected at all 
with 40.42% of respondents indicated use of 28.8 kbps modems and 
57.74% indicating a 14.4 kbps capability. 

We were interested in the degree of Internet connectivity. Some 
88.92% of respondents were accessible by Internet e-mail. We were sur¬ 
prised to learn that 54.35% also had SLIP/PPP accounts and a signifi¬ 
cant number of the “no” respondents indicating they were shopping 
hard. 

This seemed quite high, but we think the type of respondent might lend 
some indication as to why this is so. These are apparently very active 
callers, and have been active for some time. The average time “online” 
was 7 years and eight months with a surprising number of respon¬ 
dents reporting 15-20 years online. And they indicated that they make 
an average of 62.69 calls by modem per WEEK. We actually did not 
include one respondent in the average calculation that indicated over a 
1000 calls per week along with a handwritten note that they had been 
disabled in 1980 and pretty much lived for HAM radio and bulletin 
boards at this point. 

As we did suspect, they are not all looking for a free lunch online. They 
subscribe to an average 2.39 for-fee online services with some sporting 
accounts on as many as seven services. And spend about $73.86 per 
month to do so with several reporting monthly bills in the $300-$400 
range. 


NETCOM LOCATIONS 

ACCESS NUMBER, 

' METROPOLITAN AREA 

201-557-6020 

JERSEY CITY/NEWARK, NJ 

201-623-5765 

Newark, NJ 

201-777-2722 

PATERSON, NJ 

203-895-4000 

Hartford, CT 

203-921-1077 

STAMFORD, CT 

206-547-5992 

Seattle, WA 

210-349-4190 

SAN ANTONIO, TX 

212-803-6721 

New York, NY 

214-753-0045 

DALLAS, TX 

215-496-3140 

Philadelphia, PA 

216-732-3048 

CLEVELAND, OH 

303-758-0101 

Denver, CO 

305-994-9930 

MIAMI, FL 

310-595-4011 

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415-328-9940 

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415-455-1232 

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415-985-5650 

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503-626-6833 

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609-344-0023 

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609-734-4180 

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612-362-6400 

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614-487-3705 

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619-234-0524 

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919-558-8900 

RESEARCH TRIANGLE, NC 


CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY 

Speak Nicely or We’ll Bust Your Net 

D uring the first part of this year, an 
imbroglio has broken out between 
the Church of Scientology and virtually 
everything with a wire hanging out of 
it. And it appears to be a bit of a battle. 
Our first awareness of it began with 
messages about the anonymous 
remailer in Finland, anon.petit.fi, 
becoming not so anonymous after the 
Church of Scientology had filed a com¬ 
plaint with Finnish authorities and 
had obtained the name of a correspon¬ 
dent via warrant from the operator of 
the system. 


In March, the Church of Scientology 
filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District 
Court for the Northern District of 
California, naming a former 
Scientology minister, Internet Services 
Provider Netcom Online Communica¬ 
tions Services, and a North Hollywood 
BBS titled the L.A. Valley College 
BBS, alleging copyright infringement 
and trade secret misappropriation. 

The story actually starts with the 
USENET news group alt. religion 
.Scientology. This newsgroup fea¬ 
tures discussions of the Church of 
Scientology - many of them appearing 
to contain revelations of various 
wrongdoings and bullying by the CoS 


Boardwatch - May 1995 35 










THIS MONTH’S SURVEY 


1. Rank the following online activities from those you do MOST (12) to 
those you do least (1). Enter a zero next to the activity if you don’t do 

it at all. 

_Private Electronic Mail 

_Public Message Forums/Discussions 

_Participate in Mailing List Discussions 

_Download Software Programs from file libraries or FTP sites. 

_Real-Time Chat/Live Discussions 

_Play Single User Games 

_Play Multi-User Games 

_Read news services such as newspapers and magazines online 

_Look for “information” such as FAQs, product support documentation, text files 

_Search online databases 

_Online shopping/purchase of books, CD's, etc. 

_View/Download Graphic Images 

_Surf the Web mindlessly and with no mission 

_Financial Information/Stock Quotes 

2. When Selecting an Online Service, what aspects do you find most 
important on a scale of 1 to 10 

_Customer Service and Support - Answers questions 

_Price/Cost of Access 

_Presentation and Ease of Use - Graphical Interface 

_Connectivity to the wider world using Internet, Fidonet, other connections. 

_News services such as magazines, newspapers, and others in electronic format 

_Financial News and Quote Services 

_Searchable databases of information 

_Shopping services - variety of goods for purchase online 

_Sense of community on the service - other people I like and can interact with 

_Availability of Forums for my specific interest 

_Number of forums/discussion areas on the service itself 

_Chat rooms and ease of use of the service to chat. 

_Large library of current files and software 

_Friendly and helpful sysop. 

_Freedom of expression and minimum of rules 

_Strong rule structure to minimize extraneous messages and flames 

_Games 

3. What would you like to see covered more heavily in Boardwatch 
Magazine - scale of 1 to 10. 

_Direct Dial Hobby Bulletin Boards 

_Direct Dial Subscription Bulletin Boards/BBS Entrepreneurs 

_World Wide Web 

_Other Internet Services 

_Internet Access Software 

_Internet Service Providers 

_Commercial Online Services such as Prodigy, CompuServe, etc. 

_Legal Issues Online 

_Government/Regulation Developments online 

_Connecting Bulletin Boards to the Internet 

_Building World Wide Web Sites 

_Entreprenurial Opportunities on the Internet 

_USEnet News Groups 

_Hardware - modems, routers, devices. 

_Shareware Programs 

_Company news about major players 

_FidoNet/BBS Networks 

_Electronic Mail 

_Hummer/Auto Photos 

_Recipes from Dvorak 

_Editorial/Opinion columns 

Boardwatch Magazine • FAX (303)973-3731 


(as it is abbreviated) against anyone 
who disagrees with them. Dennis 
Erlich is one of the more vociferous 
critics of the organization and was a 
member of the CoS from 1968 through 
1982, becoming a minister of some 
rank and privilege within the organi¬ 
zation. After a rift in 1982, he left the 
organization and became one of its 
harshest critics. 

On February 13th, the CoS obtained a 
search and seizure warrant from the 
court based on allegations that Erlich 
had committed copyright infringement 
by uploading sections of published and 
unpublished works of L. Ron Hubbard, 
the founder of CoS. Accompanied by a 
Glendale police officer, CoS represen¬ 
tatives actually performed the search 
and seizure of Erlich’s home, copying 
all files from his computer and then 
deleting them from his hard drive, 
along with notes, papers, etc. 

The Church had also requested that 
Internet access be cutoff by contacting 
Netcom and the L.A. Valley BBS, 
where Erlich had an account. Both 
companies declined to sever Erlich’s 
feed, although they did offer to remove 
any messages that CoS could prove 
were indeed copyright infringements. 
Not good enough. So the CoS has filed 
suit against Erlich, Netcom, and L.A. 
Valley BBS. 

The case contains some interesting 
aspects, more in that an organization 
can use the legal system as a weapon 
of terror, with very little in the way of 
law coming into play. 

L.A. Valley BBS (818)985-1812 is oper¬ 
ated in North Hollywood by Tom 
Klemesrud. Klemesrud is a 45 year-old 
video editing technician with a heart 
condition who operates the BBS as a 
hobby out of his apartment. It is loose¬ 
ly affiliated with a local community 
college. It is a 12 line system with a lit¬ 
tle over 500 subscribers who pay $18 
per year for access to the BBS. The 
system does send and receive Fidonet 
mail, Internet e-mail, and about 900 
Usenet News Groups - among them 
alt.religion.Scientology. It uses 
a dialup UUCP account with Netcom 
to send and receive batches of Internet 
e-mail and newsgroup messages as 
necessary. 

The CoS had originally contacted 
Klemesrud and threatened him with a 
lawsuit if he did not deny access to 
Erlich. Klemesrud offered to remove 
any specific messages CoS could 
demonstrate violating copyright from 
his local system, but noted that 
USENET news group messages, once 
posted, went out of his system to the 


36 Boardwatch - May 1995 



















world rather quickly (typically within a 
few minutes). He declined to remove 
Erlich from the system. 

CoS then contacted Netcom, to ask 
them to remove access for L.A. Valley 
BBS from THEIR system. Netcom like¬ 
wise declined. And so the CoS has filed 
a suite against all three: Erlich, 
Netcom, and Klemesrud, charging 
copyright infringement and trade 
secret misappropriation. They are ask¬ 
ing for $100,000 from Erlich, and 
$20,000 each from Netcom and L.A. 
Valley BBS, for each incidence of copy¬ 
right violation - with an uncounted 
number of violations alleged. 

The nature of the copyright infringe¬ 
ment seems to be excerpts quoted in 
messages illustrating CoS philosophy, 
and used to buttress various argu¬ 
ments in the Newsgroups. Erlich 
appears to believe this is “fair use” of 
the material. Netcom and L.A. Valley 
BBS don’t appear to care one way or 
another. They simply assert that as 
carriers, they are not responsible for it. 

According to an affidavit filed by 
Klemesrud, his system carries the 
equivalent of about 32,000 individual 
pages of text messages each day. And it 
is simply not feasible for him to review 
all or any of it for possible copyright 
violations. “It’s about all I can do to 
respond to user questions and keep the 
system running. There’s no way I could 
read all of that,” claims Klemesrud. 

The basic position of both Netcom and 
L.A. Valley BBS seems to be that they 
distribute message traffic in bulk, with 
no censorship or review privileges in 
these newsgroups. The CoS is lining up 
expert witnesses to demonstrate that 
they can and should. As such, the out¬ 
come could prove very illuminating for 
the online community. But it also 
demonstrates the vulnerability of these 
small services to legal action, whether 
it has a basis or not. The total rev¬ 
enues of L.A. Valley BBS run around 
$10,000 per year. 

More information on the case is avail¬ 
able from the Electronic Frontier 
Foundation’s WWW site at 

http://www.eff .org.^ 

THE BDPA EDUCATION 

ANDTECHNOLOGY 

FOUNDATION: 

TT elpine BDPA Link Business, 
XT Education, and Technology 

by Danny A. Everett (deverett 
Obdpabac . com), Executive Director of 
the BDPA Education and Technology 


Foundation and Raymond W. Suarez, 
President of Quality Management 
International 

In 1992, the Black Data Processing 
Associates (BDPA), a national, nonprof¬ 
it professional association, established 
a separate, 501 (c) 3 educational orga¬ 
nization to fund its educational and 
technical projects — the BDPA 
Education and Technology Foundation. 
The Foundation’s focus is solely on 
obtaining the resources necessary to 
help BDPA attain national education 
and technical objectives. 

The Foundation’s vision, through 
investment in education and technolo¬ 
gy, is an informed African American 
community prepared to lead and lever¬ 
age the knowledge revolution for the 
benefit of the community at large. 
Major challenges facing the Foundation 
are: 

1. Obtaining resources for continuing 
and enlarging the BDPA National High 
School Computer Competition (HSCC) 

2. Providing Information Technology 
Training Centers 

3. Providing student scholarships 

The HSCC provides nearly 500 high 
school students nationwide with school- 
to-work transition opportunities. 
Information Technology Training 
Centers can serve as an entrance ramp 
to the Information Superhighway for 
urban communities. Student scholar¬ 
ships enable opportunities for the 
many African American young people 
that have not yet realized their dreams 
of success as information technology 
professionals. 

With the interest of young people at 
heart, the Foundation adheres to the 
immortal words of Frederick Douglas 
— “The upstart of today is the elite of 
tomorrow.” 

The Competition 

“A river can’t rise beyond its source. 
What’s in the seed determines the 
fruit,” states African American entre¬ 
preneur, T. M. Alexander. Over the 
years, the National BDPA High School 
Computer Competition has become the 
premier and most exciting activity at 
the Annual BDPA Conference. The pro¬ 
gram was created in 1986 by BDPA 
member Dr. Jesse Bemley of Joint 
Educational Facilities, Inc. Dr. Bemley 
noted the apparent lack of African 
American students with exposure to 
computer literacy skills. Observing a 
growing need to possess basic computer 
skills for the current job market, Dr. 
Bemley realized that all individuals 


without these skills would be left out of 
the future job market. 

The BDPA High School Computer 
Competition serves as a vehicle for 
BDPA to increase the interest of 
African American youth in information 
technology and to facilitate, collabora- 
tively with the information technology 
business community, the emergence of 
African Americans into industry pro¬ 
viding a school-to-work transition. The 
transition serves as a key component of 
the United States Education 
Department’s Goals 2000 initiative. 

The BDPA High School Computer 
Competition provides an environment 
where students have an opportunity to 
compete with their peers academically. 
This program allows students the 
opportunity to utilize their academic 
and technical skills and to display cre¬ 
ativity. Beyond the technical arena, 
students participating in this program 
develop self-esteem, self-confidence, 
leadership skills, and a greater sense of 
responsibility. BDPA supports partici¬ 
pants in the High School Computer 
Competition program by awarding 
scholarships to the finalist and semi¬ 
finalist team members from the 
National Computer Competition event. 

The Superhighway 

Human rights leader, El Hajj Malik El 
Shabazz (Malcolm X), once said, “We 
are at the threshold of the nuclear age. 
Education is a must, especially in this 
highly technical era.” These words are 
from a visionary who died more than 
30 years ago. The IBM PC did not 
exist then. Apple Corporation did not 
exist then. Only a vision existed from 
someone who probably saw a keyboard 
only as a musical instrument. The 
developments of the BDPANET, the 
AfroNet, the USENET, the Internet, 
the Information Superhighway, etc., 
completely substantiates this vision. 

The threshold is over 30 years old. The 
BDPA was born within that threshold 
and can serve as the African American 
community’s ramp to the information 
superhighway through information 
technology training centers in urban 
areas across the United States. An 
information technology training center 
can provide training for our young peo¬ 
ple on how to use information technolo¬ 
gy as an effective tool for school, while 
other members of the community can 
further develop their business skills 
through career reengineering. 

The information superhighway serves 
as a community-based resource. Only 
through self-help projects, such as the 


Boardwatch - May 1995 37 


BDPA information technology training 
center currently established in 
Philadelphia, can African Americans 
pull together as a community to profit 
from the rapid changes in information 
technology. 

The Scholars 

“Knowledge is better than riches” — 

Cameroon Proverb. 

Financial scholarships provide aspiring 
students with more than financial aid. 
Scholarships help to create and shape 
the disciplined thinkers of tomorrow. 
Whether scholarship takes the form of 
student financial aid, fellowship 
toward an information technology 
research endeavor, stipends toward the 
development of a book on a technical 
subject matter, or chair endowment of 
computer science/engineering and com¬ 
puter information systems depart¬ 
ments at historically black colleges and 
universities (HBCU), scholarship 
enriches the industry and our commu¬ 
nity with diverse intellectual view¬ 
points. Greater than the wealth 
acquired through the practice of the 
information technology trade is the 
knowledge attained to enhance the 
standard of living of the community at 
large. Thus, scholarships provide an 
effective means for the African 
American community to gain knowl¬ 
edge. 

Historically Speaking 

Citing the great African American edu¬ 
cator and founder of the Tuskegee 
Institute, Booker T. Washington, “At 
the bottom of education, at the bottom 
of politics, even at the bottom of reli¬ 
gion, there must be ECONOMIC 
INDEPENDENCE.” 

Without a sound economic foundation, 
the hopes and aspirations of many 
African American young people will be 
crushed. Another generation of young 
people will find themselves misguided 
and confronting an unforgiving future 
of lost opportunities, similar to that of 
post-Emancipation era ex-slaves in 
America. Their plight was one in 
which freedom was provided in 1863 
and many of them continued to work 
the lands as they did during slavery. 
Although many of them realized that 
greater opportunities lay ahead of 
them in their future as business peo¬ 
ple, teachers, brick masons, and other 
opportunities, most of these survivors 
never realized that the Civil War was 
fought over moving wealth from an 
agricultural age dominated by 
Southern aristocracy to that of the newer 


industrial age of Northern dominance. 

As the socioeconomic and political con¬ 
ditions worsened in the agricultural 
South, many of the ex-slaves sought 
economic refuge in the Northern indus¬ 
trial cities, only to find service related 
jobs that never provided the opportuni¬ 
ty to work in factories as tradespeople. 

Opportunities in the industrial age 
never materialized for African 
Americans until the late 1960s when 
protest against Jim Crow laws and de 
facto segregation became the only way 
to open doors to move forward. During 
those years, African Americans gained 
many hard fought rights including 
opportunities to work as tradespeople. 
Many people left the familiar agricul¬ 
tural work of the South and came 
North for the many industrial jobs. 
However, African Americans have 
failed to realize, once again, that dur¬ 
ing the 1950s, America moved into the 
information or nuclear age. Over 40 
years later, the prevailing view in the 
African American community is that 
the familiar industrial jobs will be 
available for young people as they 
graduate from high school. Entering 
the information age, African 
Americans must catch up to the oppor¬ 
tunities that abound. 

Current Needs 

In 1991, U.S. companies for the first 
time spent more on computing and 
communications equipment than on 
industrial, mining, farm and construc¬ 
tion machinery, marking the passage 
of the nation from an industrial to an 
information economy. By 1992, infor¬ 
mation related jobs occupied two-thirds 
of all U.S. workers, and eight out of ten 
new jobs created in the U.S. were in 
information intensive sectors of the 
economy. By 2003, employment in the 
computer service sector is projected to 
double, generating over 700,000 new 
jobs. 

Increasingly reliant on information 
management processes, the Hudson 
Institute’s Workforce 2000 projects the 
U.S. economy will require a skilled 
non-white labor force to remain com¬ 
petitive. However, African Americans 
historically concentrated in agricultur¬ 
al, personal service and blue collar 
occupations are now disproportionately 
displaced in a rapidly advancing infor¬ 
mation age economy. 

African Americans suffered a poverty 
rate in 1992 of 33%, and an unemploy¬ 
ment rate in 1993 of 12.6%, compared 
to 6.6% nationally. African Americans 
alone experienced net job losses during 


the recent recession. To remain com¬ 
petitive, the Hudson Institute predicts 
America must improve productivity, 
dynamism, education and skills in its 
aging populace, and fully include 
African Americans into its workforce. 

Economic and social integration in the 
U.S. is increasingly a function of 
telecommunications access and com¬ 
puter literacy. Urban unemployment, 
underemployment, and lack of techno¬ 
logical access and training, however, 
contribute to information technology 
deficits in urban -communities. 
According to the Commission on 
Professionals in Science and 
Technology, for example, only 5.8% of 
the 675,000 computer systems ana¬ 
lysts and scientists employed in 1990 
were African American. 

African American youth embody the 
future of urban communities and the 
nation. Deliberate intervention in the 
form of computer education and train¬ 
ing along with scholarships will pre¬ 
pare African American youth for the 
skilled occupations of the present and 
future. For example, in 1992 only 
16.8% of African American students 
used computers at school, compared 
with 38.5% of white students. 

In 1989, white high school students 
were three times more likely than 
African American students to use com¬ 
puters at home, and nearly four times 
more likely to use computers at home 
for schoolwork. Not surprisingly, stu¬ 
dents in higher income families are 
also found more likely to use comput¬ 
ers at home, and for schoolwork, than 
students from lower income families. 

Public education systems lack the 
resources to meet the technical train¬ 
ing needs of African American youth. 
Chronic disparities between African 
American and white students in 
accessing and using computer technol¬ 
ogy now, present foreboding witness to 
the future contributions of African 
American youth to their families, com¬ 
munities, and the nation in the global 
information economy of the year 2000. 

The BDPA Education and Technology 
Foundation, through funding of the 
Black Data Processing Associates, 
serves to provide a direct impact upon 
the future of African American youth. 

BDPA Education and Technology 
Foundation, 1250 Connecticut Avenue, 
Northwest Washington, D.C. 20036; 

800-727-BDPA (2372); (202)775-4301; 
E-mail: / / foundation@bdpabac. com 

♦ 


38 Boardwatch - May 1995 



WEBWATCH 


VIRTUAL VINEYARD 

by Jack Rickard 

M uch of the current excitement about the 
Internet is rooted in its trendiness. Internet is 
very much “in” fashion. The production, distribution, 
purchase, discussion, and consumption of wine is 
almost entirely based on trendiness and fashion. The 
coupling of the two should actually be sufficient to 
gag everyone on the planet who isn’t “in” and doesn’t 
want “in.” 


• VIRTUAL 
VINYARD 


• PUBLISHING 
ON THE WEB, 


But we found that it doesn’t entirely. Rather, Peter 
Granoff, a wine guy in Los Altos California, has 
probably constructed the most elegantly designed 
and useable example of an online shopping service 
we’ve found anywhere. The Virtual Vineyards is 
a pleasure to use in all respects, alarmingly informa¬ 
tive, and very easy to order wine from. It makes it a 
pleasure to buy, even if you intend to use the wine to 
water plants. 


Peter Granoff is recognized as one of the leading 
wine experts in the United States. Peter was the 
thirteenth American to be admitted to the British 
Court of Master Sommeliers and currently serves as 
an Examiner and Board of Directors member for the 
Court’s American Chapter. In 1992 he received the 
James Beard Foundation Sommelier of the Year 
Award, and until early 1995, was the Sommelier and 
Wine Director for San Francisco’s highly regarded 
Square One restaurant. Peter continues to teach 
consumer wine classes at Square One, is a staff lec¬ 
turer for the Sterling Vineyards School of Service 
and Hospitality and makes frequent appearances as 
a speaker, panelist and teacher in a variety of con¬ 
sumer and wine industry settings. 


Despite all of this, he is really pretty much down to 
earth - note his e-mail address: corkdork@virtu 
alvin.com. Yes, on the service he is the Cork Dork 
and answers questions about wines, wineries, and 
food/wine pairings quite willingly. “Virtual 
Vineyards offers the wines I’ve selected to be best of 
breed,” explained Mr. Granoff. “I share with cus¬ 
tomers my experiences with each wine. I answer 
their wine-related questions and post the most use¬ 
ful questions and answers for all to see. I’m 
their personal wine 
steward—I give 
them the sort of 
attention they’d 
expect from a som¬ 
melier in a fine 
restaurant—so they 
can buy the best 
wine for that special 
dinner. With my 
guidance, they learn 
about the delights of 
fine wine, discover 
their own wine pref- 





y only available to the patrons of a few exclu- 
rine shops in big cities, but the Internet now 
e offer it to people around the world.” 


The service opened and shipped their first bottle on 
January 26th. They currently sport only products 
from 18 wineries, not all extremely well known. We 
think a service like this will thrive by offering the 
widest possible selection - not by being selective in 
what’s offered. Robert Mondavi wasn’t among them 
if that tells you where our plebian tastes lie. 


But we still enjoyed this service immensely. First, 
they feature a tasting chart for every wine from 
every winery listed. This is almost techie with little 
sliding indicators to point out intensity, dryness, 
body, acidity, tanning, oak flavors, and complexity. 
It almost looks like it was designed to appeal to engi¬ 
neers. By design or not, it does. 


Each wine and each winery also features a little 
graphic JPG image of the label, and a writeup by the 
Cork Dork. Best of all, each has a “remember this 
wine” button you can click to order later. More on 
this in a bit - it’s a marvelous feature. 


The service also offers other information such as a 
glossary of terms, selected items from the monthly 
print magazine Wine and Spirits, and a series of 
utterly fascinating recipes for meals that various 
vintners recommend with various wines. The service 
is informative and fun to read. 


Boardwatch - May 1995 39 

























But it is in the ordering process that this service wins. You 
can fill out an online order form. When you access this area, 
you will find every wine you “remembered” already listed, 
with price, and a little “quantity” box that allows you to 
enter how many bottles. The default is zero bottles - no 
cheap stunts to try to lead you to a bigger dollar order. They 
offer a 10% discount on cases, which can be mixed, and 2nd 
day air or ground shipping. 

One of the things I just loved about this is that instead of 
making a federal case out of the fact that you want the wine 
shipped to a different mailing address than is on your credit 
card, they make it a feature. You can not only ship it to a dif¬ 
ferent address, you can include a CARD and you can enter a 
message electronically to APPEAR on the card. Then you 
enter your credit card info, and the address on the credit 
card for verification supposedly. 

Virtual Vineyards has partnered with Netscape 
Communications Corporation and Wells Fargo Bank to 
enable customers to make secure credit card payments easi¬ 
ly over the Internet. Virtual Vineyards’ use of the Netscape 
Commerce Server lets users of Netscape Navigator and other 
Secure Sockets Layer-enabled browsers establish a secured 
connection for sending payment information. Users of other 
browsers can currently buy wine from Virtual Vineyards by 
imparting their credit card information via a toll free phone 
number. Virtual Vineyards is incorporating CyberCash Inc.’s 
Secure Internet Payment Service to provide for browser 
independent secure payment transactions. 

The result is a very well thought-out ordering scenario that 
makes it easy to find a wine to experiment with, order it, 
and receive it. Better, if you like it, you can send a bottle to a 
friend as a gift with a card - all electronically. We just didn’t 
find a single irritating grubby little dive for the last quarter 
in the carpet on the whole system. And we will blindly pre¬ 
dict that this will be one of the most successful online “store 
fronts” on the Internet this year. Virtual Vineyards, 
(415)941-3816 voice; (415)941-3728 fax; Email: corkdork® 
virtualvin.com; World Wide Web: http://www.virtu 
alvin.com 


FIRST WWW SITE FOR “FUTURES 
PROFESSIONALS” LAUNCHED 

A World Wide Web site billed as the first online service for 
futures industry professionals is now up and running on 
the Internet at http://inorfg.com. All 68 futures 
exchanges around the world and more than 2,500 
Commodity Trading Advisors (CTAs) around the world have 
been invited to join the Investment News Online (I-no) ser¬ 
vice. Contact: Investment News Online, 410-867-7490; 
Internet Address: http: / /inorf g. com. 


QUARTERDECK SENDS GERMAN, FRENCH 
BASIC BROWSERS TO BETA 

T he English version of the Quarterdeck Basic Browser 
for the Internet has been in beta for a few weeks now; 
German and French versions are right behind them, with an 
announcement at CeBit. They also have a Quarterdeck 
Mosaic available for download on their Web site and an 
announcement about their new WebAuthor program at $99 

40 Boardwatch - May 1995 



until May 31. WebAuthor allows you to use Microsoft Word 
6.0 to edit HTML documents easily. Contact: QUARTER¬ 
DECK CORP. (Santa Monica, CA) (310)392-9851 and ask for 
the customer service department. For Internet users the 
Web page is located at http://wv7w.qdeck.com or you can e- 
mail them at support@qdeck. com. 


FOR ALL OF US WITH A 
FEDERAL BACKACHE 

et Government Off Our Back is a non-partisan coalition 
V_X of groups and individuals dedicated to down-sizing gov¬ 
ernment and rolling back the bloated U.S. bureaucracy. 
They have established a Web site at this address: 

http://www. infl.net/~redtape. 

A URL GRABBER FOR WINDOWS 

H oward Harawitz, Brooklyn North Software Works, has 
just released a new software package called URL 
Grabber that will surely make it easier to store URLs you 
see listed in an e-mail message — up to now the best method 
was to hand copy the URL to a notepad and insert the URL 
into your browser at another time. URL Grabber is a small 
floating tool bar that resides in a comer of your MS Windows 
desktop. It enables you to easily “grab” and store URLs from 
news groups, e-mail messages and other sources, “on the 
fly”, as you are reading them. With a ‘click’ of a mouse, URL 
Grabber will automatically convert your collection of URLs 
to active WWW links on an HTML page. With another 
mouse click, URL Grabber will bring up your favorite brows¬ 
er displaying your collected links so you can view Web pages, 
download files and otherwise obtain information from the 
WWW almost instantly. A working demo version is avail¬ 
able for download at: ftp://ftp.cs.dal.ca/htmlasst/. 
Check the readme. 1st file to see what files you need. 
Contact Harawitz at harawitz@brooknorth.bedford 
.ns. ca. 

REGISTRATIONS BLITZING 
COMDEX WEB 

T he Interface Group says that prospective attendees reg¬ 
istering for its Comdex shows are blitzing the company’s 
Internet World Wide Web site to the tune of more than 1,000 
registration forms per week. Peter Shaw, vice president of 
marketing for The Interface Group, called the registrations 
“an outstanding response.” He said the number of registra- 











tions being taken are probably approaching 1,500 per week 
by now, and in the past 30 days the site has seen 70,000 log¬ 
ons. That compares to Comdex/Fall 1994 when Shaw said 
the Web page received 70,000 hits in an eight to ten week 
period. “And not only are we getting good access, but we’re 
getting a good conversion rate as well,” he said. The Web 
site, located at http://www.Comdex.com:8000, contains 
what the company calls, a short interactive registration 
form, full information on the conference schedules and pro¬ 
grams and travel accommodations to Atlanta, which give 
specific prices on car rentals in Atlanta along with hotel 
prices for the show. 


ORACLE DISTRIBUTES DATABASE SOFTWARE 
VIA WORLD WIDE WEB 


O racle, one 
of the dom¬ 
inant companies 
in corporate 
database soft¬ 
ware, has decid¬ 
ed to offer some 
of their mainline 
database soft¬ 
ware programs 
via Internet for 
evaluation at no 
charge. Notably, 

Personal Oracle 7 is a $399 scaled-down version of the cor¬ 
porate relational database engine. Oracle Workgroup 
Server is available for Windows NT or Novell Netware. You 
can obtain the program via World Wide Web at http://www 
.oracle.com. The server will ask for your name, organiza¬ 
tion, address, and how you think you might use the pro¬ 
gram. The company thinks that with this information, and 
given the very large size of the program files, unauthorized 
copying will be a very limited problem, and that it will intro¬ 
duce their products to a number of new potential users. The 
Workgroup Server version for Netware is over 40 MB in size. 
A number of companies are watching this Internet distribu¬ 
tion experiment with interest. Oracle Corporation World 
Headquarters, 500 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores, CA 
94065; (415)506-7000 voice; (415)506-7200 fax. 



O’REILLY TO RELEASE $499 WEB SERVER 
FOR WINDOWS NT 


o; 


’Reilly and Associates made a name for themselves by 
publishing techie books primarily for the UNIX market. 

These were mar- 



velous little 
books with all 


r ,- ,, r ^, T ...^ 

the good stuff in 
them but sold to 
less than mass- 
market audi¬ 
ences. The UNIX 
programming 
connection 
rather led them 
to stumble into 
the Internet pub- 
lishing connec- 



- 


tion very early. In fact, Ed Kroll’s Whole Earth Internet 
was probably the first “hit” seller in the Internet book cate¬ 
gory. 

Recently, the company has been branching out into software 
for the Net. Their latest is a very interesting product to us - 
a web server that operates under Windows NT - titled 
WebSite. The product is described as a cooperation with 
Bob Denny of Pasadena and Entrerprise Integration 
Technologies of Menlo Park. It’s priced at $499 and sched¬ 
uled for a May release. The product is a 32-bit application 
designed for Windows NT 3.5 and Windows95. Further, it 
allows you to write CGI scripts in Visual Basic. WebSite is 
positioned as a low-cost alternative to running a web server 
from UNIX. You can see it in action at 
http://clubweb.ora.com. More details in a coming 
Boardwatch...O’Reilly & Associates, 103A Morris St., 
Sebastopol, CA 95472; (707)829-0515 voice; (707)829-0104 
fax; website@ora.com; http://www.ora.com 


SOUTHWEST AIRLINES - NO LONGER FLYING 
WITHOUT A NET 


m he airline 
Jft, industry has 
gone beyond shril¬ 
ly competitive to 
the point of just 
being shrill. And 
many of our larger 
airlines have failed 
as a result. 
Starting in 1971 
■mm HHnn with three air- 
^ui^!ini|iM planes serving 
Dallas, Houston, 
and San Antonio Texas, Southwest Airlines has actually 
grown to some 200 planes serving 45 cities. They sport 1850 
flights daily and move some 40 million passengers per year. 
In 1994, they actually earned some $179.3 million on some 
$2.5 billion in revenues. 



Headed by Herb Kelleher, the company has been, if nothing 
else, innovative. They sport no assigned seats, virtually no 
amenities, but regularly offer highly publicized $39 and $49 
flights between some cities. They have pioneered “ticketless” 
flights. 

Most recently, 
they were one of 
the few airlines to 
continue to offer 
travel agents 10% 
commissions on 
ticket sales. But 
they are clearly 
looking for ways 
to market more 
effectively. They 
recently did join 
the SABRE online 
reservation system, and in March they introduced a fairly 
impressive World Wide Web site at http://www.ifly 
swa. com titled the Southwest Airlines Home Gate. 



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The service includes one of the easiest to use plane schedule 
systems we’ve seen online. You simply select a departure 
city from a pick list, a destination city from a second pick 
list, and a date range from a third pick list. The system 
instantly produces a list of flight times complete with flight 
numbers. A button allows you to call up fares as well. In 
keeping with airline online tradition, you can’t really tell 
what fares are available for what flights, and you still have 
to call the voice reservation line to make a reservation or 
purchase a ticket, but it’s a step in the right direction. We 
think this compa¬ 
ny has some poten¬ 
tial to actually 
allow flyers to tell 
what flights are 
available and at 
what price on some 
glorious day in the 
future. 

The service also 
provides a wealth 




I of other informa- 
I tion we found use- 
I ful. Notably, they 
sport a fact sheet 
on each of the 45 
cities and 45 air¬ 
ports they provide 
service to. These 
sheets list parking 
I charges, rental car 
1 agencies IN the air¬ 
port and rental car agencies OUTSIDE of the airport, tele¬ 
phone numbers for paging, security, gates, etc. They even 
list distances in miles to notable local landmarks. 


The system also provides information on the company - 
press releases for the past several months, the shareholders’ 
annual report, financial information, etc. They even have a 
library of photographs of various Southwest Airlines aircraft 
that you can view online. There are job opportunities listed 
with the company. 

The tone of the system is very light, and clearly they don’t 
take themselves too seriously to bear, as most of these com¬ 
panies do. Southwest Airlines Co., PO Box 3661, Love Field, 
Dallas, TX 75235-1611; (214)904-4000. 


Mosaic type 
browsers have 
allowed publish¬ 
ers to present 
information in a 
visual fashion suf¬ 
ficiently rich to 
make sense in the 
publishing world. 

One of the more 
persistently popu¬ 
lar online activi¬ 
ties is the viewing of fuzzy photographs of youngish women 
unfettered by the valiant efforts of the Garment Workers of 
America. This is causing some concern among the perennial¬ 
ly concerned, who 
are in this case 
concerned that 
adolescents might 
gain access to 
these images. 



wmmm 


PENTHOUSE MAGAZINE 


a 


The two leading 
publishers of mag¬ 
azines sporting 
barren and unde¬ 
spoiled buff misses 
are Playboy mag¬ 
azine and Penthouse magazine. From what we can tell, 
they bring a much higher grade of smut online, with better 
photography and more alluring models. 


Playboy has inaugurated a WWW site at https//www 
• playboy.com. The service sports the cover of the latest 
issue and a few photos of the bovine beauty of the month. 
We found it a bit interesting that they are planning a Girls 
of the Net pictorial in a future issue and are encouraging 
aspiring Internautettes to forthwith tender a scanned image 
of their unadorned carcasses via e-mail to photo@play- 
boy.com (Attn: Net Girls). 


PLAYBOY AND PENTHOUSE BARE ALL ON THE WEB 


T he publishing 
world, 
strangely resis¬ 
tant to online 
communications 
for many years, 
has siezed on the 
World Wide Web 
as the way to go 
online. The fonts 
and graphics 
made possible by 



Beyond that, we found the offering very much of the “sam¬ 
pler” nature and a very conscious effort not to “give away the 
store” on this service. You can of course subscribe to the 
print magazine, and there is a good bit of information on 
preserving our precious First Amendment rights to pass 
around dirty photos available on the service. 

Penthouse has taken a bit more aggressive stance with 
their service at https //www. penthousemasr.com. For one 
thing, the images are a bit brighter and clearer for no partic¬ 
ular artistic reason. They use slightly larger JPEG images of 
about 45 KB and some pretty good scanning technique. We 
found their Penthouse model from the last two issues with 
a fairly innocent head shot followed by a series of 8 or 10 
“Pentachrome” miniatures beneath them that looked very 
convincingly like a 35 mm mounted slide. When you click on 


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the slide, they actually download the full 45 KB image in a 
fairly impressive screen size. The result is a bevy of photos 
that all in all are pretty well done, from what we know of 
the art of pubic publishing. 

The Playboy system is actually very easy to access and 
operates quickly. The Penthouse system is almost unus¬ 
able. Delays can run on into multiple minutes even with a 
fairly high-speed link. We rather got the impression that it 
wasn’t so much a difference in systems and hardware, as the 
demand load on the Penthouse system was simply larger. 
In either case, the systems promise to be among the more 
popular stops on the Internet. ♦ 


BABB’S BOOKMARKS 

by Chris Babb 

I ’ve been looking at way too many Web pages. All I seem to 
say is ‘Netscape this and Netscape that’. My butt is 
becoming contoured to the shape of my chair, and I am pret¬ 
ty sure I’m getting weboriods from sitting here too long, 
browsing through the endless stream of entertainment on 
the Web. Now that I have a fast ISDN connection to the 
Internet, there is no limit to my appetite for even bigger and 
more ghastly mpeg’s, au’s, wav’s and gifs. 

We have all been talking and reading about some of the 
great Web sites available for our viewing pleasure. The 
NASA pages, software and hardware vendors pages, e-zines 
and all of the other excellent information available that 
helps to make the Web an enticing and exciting place to be. 
What seems to be overlooked in this mad dash to talk and 
write about the Web and it’s wonders, are the personal 
pages. It is the personal Web pages, created by people like 
you and I, that provide the links to the creative and comic 
genius that gives the Internet its character. The personal 
pages are where you can find information you didn’t think 
existed or ever really wanted. Links to related information 
or to unrelated dribble, sarcasm and wit, personal likes and 
dislikes, taste and tastelessness. The personal Web pages 
are my favorite place to jump off into a butt numbing, 
mouse clicking, bit spitting Web frenzy. 

So where do you find the jewels of the Web? I usually find 
them in the signatures of newsgroup messages or in the 
comp, infosystems.www. * newsgroups. You can also find 
them by using Lycros, Webcrawler or any of the other 
search page tools out there. The Netscape newsreader gives 
you the ability to just click on a listed URL and you’re there. 
If you’re using another newsreader, the Windows clipboard 
is a handy place to copy the address to and from there, just 
paste it into your browser. At the rate that Internet related 
programs are coming out, I’m sure that something better 
will be available by the time this issue hits the newsstands. 
Hint hint, nudge nudge WinVN and Free Agent.. 

Another great place to find personal Web pages is on 
Internet Service Provider homepages. Aquila BBS/Internet, 
MCSNet, Interaccess, Xmission and several others all offer 
a place for their subscribers to put their own Web pages 
either as part of their subscription or at a nominal fee. 



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Now, I have to warn you. Some of the personal Web pages 
are just basic information. Maybe just a single picture and a 
few lines describing the person. But some are lavish with 
lots of pictures, lots of text, lots of links and lots of interest¬ 
ing things to fool with. They are almost always under con¬ 
struction and seem to come and go like the wind. Some of 
them are also on very slow servers, so you may have to wait 
a bit while loading the page. Nonetheless, they are the most 
interesting and entertaining part of the Web. 

I have to recommend personal Web pages to anyone who 
enjoys browsing the Web. They will surprise and maybe even 
offend you, and they will provide hours of pure browsing sat¬ 
isfaction. 

Descriptions: 

These are only a select few of the Internet Service Providers 
who are currently providing space for personal homepages. 
It would be totally impossible to go into detail on all of the 
personal Web pages listed with these guys. There are way 
too many. If you’re looking for ideas on building your own 
homepage, these are great places to start. The creativity and 
imagination just spews from these sites! For days and nights 
of Web browsing fun, load these URL’s up and go bonkers. 


PERSONAL WEB PAGES 

Not the best, certainly not the worst, but just a sampling of 
what there is to offer. 



Page Name: Dave Simon’s Homepage 

URL: http://pubweb.acns.nwu.edu/-dsxmons/ 


Description: 

Dave’s page is a fine example of a personal Web page. This 
page is using some of the new features (well, new during the 
writing of this article) of Netscape and Dave proudly pro¬ 
claims its superiority over NCSA’s Mosaic to the point of 
making it into “The Enhanced Netscape Hall of Shame.” 
Some of the other features of this page are Dave’s bio, which 
almost every personal page has, Dave’s Guitar archive, 
where he has taken most every song he knows and has pro¬ 
vided the words and associated guitar chords for each of 
them, Dave’s links, separated into funny and useful cate¬ 
gories, information on Northwestern University and “Dave’s 
Automatic Problem Solver.” I had to laugh when I saw this 
one. You’ll laugh, too. 


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Page Name: 

Black Hole Of The 
Web 
URL: 

http:/ /www. raven 
na.com/black 
hole.html 

Description: 

This page has no 
real value other 
than it is interesting 
and quite different. It is billed as the first and only “Black 
Hole” on the Web and without question, lives up to its name. 
This page uses the “push” features of Netscape and is good 
example of creativity. 




Page Name: I See A Home Page And I Want It 

Painted Black 

URL: http: / / www . interport. net / - j bay / j bay. html 

Description: 

I’m starting to sound like a broken record here with 
Netscape, Netscape, Netscape. But to get the full effect of 
this page, use it. This page has some very nice graphics and 
good content. There is a link to a color weather radar site 
that I had not seen before, that I thought was pretty darn 
nice. There are also links to “The cult of the sacred bean” cof¬ 
fee Web pages that will keep caffeine addicts like myself jit¬ 
tery and busy, the seemingly customary “Stop Senate Bill 
314” petition link, Jbay’s hot list and an interesting little 
link at the bottom of the page that will test the limits of your 
history list. All in all, a fine example of a personal page. 



Name: Captain Sarcastic’s WebSite 

URL: http: //nyxlO. cs.du.edu 18001/~kkollar/ 

Description: 

My kind of page, sarcastic and mildly insulting, I loved it. If 
you’re not using Netscape, you’ll need to. This page and 
associated pages take great advantage of enhanced back¬ 
ground and table functions of the HTML 3.0 standards. The 
first thing you’ll notice about this page is the “Grid of Spew.” 
From here you are whisked to collections of witty stories and 
sarcastic blurbs. There are also links to Captain Sarcastic’s 
‘Portraits of Sinners’, an unofficial Nine Inch Nails page, 
which claims one hit every 25 seconds, the University Of 
Delaware, a reciprocal place, which contains links to other 
sites that have links to Captain Sarastic’s page and, of 
course, Captain Sarcastic’s hot list. 

Name: The Babbman Homepage 

URL: http://www.aquila.com/chris.babb/ 

Description: 

You didn’t think that you’d get away without me mentioning 
something about MY personal homepage now did you? This 
is a different page than ChrisPix and Babb’s Bookmarks. 
This is where you can go to find out more about me, my kit¬ 
ties, my friends, my hobbies and a few other interesting 
things I have found on the Web that are not appropriate for 
either of my other pages. Tell me what you think. Did I men¬ 
tion that you should use Netscape to view it? 



If you don’t feel like typing in the addresses listed above, you 
can always come to my homepage and jump to them from 
there. I have many more sites than I have room here to list 
along with all of my previous articles for Boardwatch, and a 
whole pile of interesting sites I have found during my 
‘Webulism’ episodes. Always a treat, always something new 
or something. Links to these and other Babb’s Bookmarks 
are available at the Aquila BBS/Internet WWW server at: 

http://www.aquila.com/Babbs/ 

Also visit the Aquila BBS/Internet Homepage at: 

http: / / www. aquila. com/ 

If you have any cool sites, you would like to see here or any 
comments feel free to e-mail me at chris.babb 
0aquila.com 

Happy surfingl ♦ 


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WEB SITES 

by Walt Howe and Hope Tillman 

T his month we include web sites for several timely events 
that should occur about the time the magazine appears. 
The first site is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, 
that takes place from April 28 through May 7, home page. 
Some say that this even outpulls Mardi Gras in the number 
of visitors to New Orleans. Look for it at this URL: 

http://www.yatoom.com/neworl/j fast/jfesttop.html 



While we were 
looking at jazz 
resources on the 
net, we ran into 
this wonderful 
work in progress. 

It is a map that 
shows the histori¬ 
cal development of 
various styles in 
jazz. Click on the 
style that interests 
you and call up a 
list of musicians 
that represented 
the period and a discography of their music. Joe Germisska 
at Northwestern University is putting this together, and if 
you have information to fill in some of the gaps that now 
exist, he will welcome the support. Look for Styles of Jazz 
Map at this URL: 


http: //www.acns.nwu.edu/WNUR/jazz/styles/ 
■tyla-map.html 



Our next selection is the timely Tour DuPont Web site for 
the bicycle race through five states that occurs from April 26 
to May 7. The race covers 1,130 miles, and the riders com¬ 
pete for a quarter million dollars in prizes. The web site will 
provide maps, frequent updates and background on the race. 
Look for it at this URL: 


http: //www.access.disrex.net/-dforrest/tourhome 
. html 



Speaking of maps, there is a very impressive relief picture of 
the globe at the DeLorme Mapping web site. This is a pic¬ 
ture of the actual 20 foot outdoor globe at Babson College for 
which DeLorme recently developed a new skin. The actual 
globe on the Babson campus in Wellesley, Massachusetts is 
worth a trip to see, but if you can’t get there, this picture, 
which fills a 1024x760 computer screen, is a reasonable sub¬ 
stitute. In the picture, the darker the blue, the deeper the 
oceans, and it shows the oceans’ contours as well as the 
land’s. Visit DeLorme’s Map Gate, learn about their prod¬ 
ucts and view the globe at this URL: 


http: / /www. delorme. com 


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For another picture feast, particularly for nostalgia buffs, 
there is a wealth of information and photos on railroads, 
particularly steam engines, that can be accessed through 
the wonderful Virtual Railroad Web site.. If you ever rode 
the steam trains, played Rail Baron or Railroad Tycoon, 
built model railroads, or just have a sense of wonder about 
the iron horses that helped build the country, visit this site 
and take in some the riches it points to: 

http: //gpu.srv.ualberta.ca/-ybeaudoi/home.htm 


C&N 2-8-0ng Class B-4F Consolidation #30 (ex- 
DBA W #74) 



As a final touch, we just discovered a new Bartlett’s 
Dictionary of Quotations Web site. It isn’t particularly color¬ 
ful, but it is a good resource to draw on: 

http://ww.oolumbia.edu/~svl2/bartlett/ 



Don’t expect to find quotations from Tom Clancy or Peter 
Drucker or Lance Rose or even Jack Rickard in this version 
of Bartlett’s. This is an older version, but it treats the clas¬ 
sics well. We tried a search for board and watch and this is 
all it could come up with. We’ll leave it up to the reader to 
decide how significant this text is: 

William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. 

line 66: The selfsame way, with more advised watch, 
line 108: Ships are but boards, sailors but men: there 
be land-rats and water-rats, water-thieves and land- 
thieves. 


Hope Tillman and Walt Howe are a married couple who met 
in cyberspace and still enjoy spending time there together. 
Hope is Director of Libraries at Babson College, a Director of 
the Special Libraries Association, and an Internet author 
and consultant. She is the co-author of the book Internet and 
Special Librarians. Hope's Babson College gopher is well 
known for its Internet Business Resources menu. Point 
your gopher or browser to URL gopher://gopher.bab 
son.edu. She also maintains a comprehensive Internet 
Bibliography for Internet users. You can reach Hope at email 
address tillman0babson.edu. 

Walt is DELPHI Internet Services’ Internet SIG Manager. 
See the Delphi column for more information about Walt. ♦ 


Among the riches this site points to are the List of Surviving 
Steam Locomotives in the United States and Canada and 
Wes Berris’ Colorado Steam collection from which the pic¬ 
tures here are taken. We show a Colorado and Northern 2-8- 
0 and a Manitou and Pikes Peak 0-4-2 cog locomotive. It is 
built so that the boiler is level, for the engine sits on an 
incline. 


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PUBLISHING ON THE 
WEB, PART FOUR 

by Michael Erwin 


JS 


lio far, we have been writing 
^“Static” HTML documents that 
are just being sent to browsers. This 
month we are going to start working with 
Forms and CGI: Common Gateway Interface. Boy that’s a 
mouthful isn’t it? To really take advantage of what a 
WWW/HTTP server can do, you will need to start using CGI 
or Gateway Scripts. These Gateway Scripts will give you 
flexibility to do some extremely complex HTML documents 
that you could not do any other way. 


Most people have 
seen the results of 
CGI, but may not 
be aware how 
“Static” HTML doc¬ 
uments differ from 
“Interactive” 
HTML documents. 
Figure 1 shows how 
most “Static” docu¬ 
ments are served 

by the HTTP server. Notice that the browser requests a URL 
from the HTTP server. The server looks to see if that docu¬ 
ment exists; if it does exist the server sends the document to 
the browser. 



“Interactive” 
HTML documents 
are built to fulfill 
specific request 
from the browser. 
Figure 2 shows 
that the browser 
sends data to the HTTP server. That data can be just about 
anything from a WAIS data search to maybe a stock quote 
request. The HTTP server looks at the data the browser sent 
to it and runs the 
appropriate 
script or pro¬ 
gram. The script 
or program 
processes the 
request with the 
supplied infor¬ 
mation, gener¬ 
ates an HTML 
document and 
passes the com¬ 
pleted HTML 
document back 
to the HTTP 
server. The 



HTTP server then sends that finished document back to 
the browser. Most “Interactive” CGI HTML documents have 
user input options of some sort. Which might include but¬ 
tons, radio buttons, check boxes, selections and/or text fields. 
To see almost all of these look at URL: 
http://akebono.Stanford.edu/yahoo/search.html 

(See Figure 3). 

Here lies the problem... Programming! If you are using a 
commercial WWW provider, they may or may not allow CGI 
programs Or gateway scripts on their WWW/HTTP server. 
Why? Because these scripts run on their system. This is a 
major security concern. Now if you have your own 
WWW/HTTP server, you can use just about any program¬ 
ming language you like. If you are using a UNIX platform 
Web server you can use the shell languages, C, C++ or my 
favorite PERL. If your Web server is on Windows, you can 
use Visual Basic. Macintosh HTTP users can use 
Applescript. As servers change, these languages may change 
also. 


So to start with we 
will look at some 
simple processing 
with other sites. 
Lets look at URL: 
http : / / www 
. spacecom 
.com: 8001 / 
Participants/ 
pcquote/qma s 
ter.html (See 
Figure 4) Here PC 
Quote allows you to 
receive a 15 minute 
delayed stock quote. 
Look at the actual 
HTML of this page 
in Listing 1 . By the 
way, you might 
notice some tags we have not covered, these tags are specific 
to Netscape. We will cover them in future issues. 



LISTING 1 

<HTML> 

<HEAD> 

<TITLE>PC QUOTE/SPACECOM SYSTEMS STOCK QUOTE SERV- 
ER</TITLE> 

cbody backg round=”/i mages/blue_pap. gif > 

</HEAD> 

<BODY> 

<P ALIGN=CENTER> 

<IMG SRC=”/images/pcqtlogo.gif" ALT=”PC Quote"></P> 

<H1 ALIGN=CENTER>Stock Quote Service</H1> 

<H3 AUGN=CENTER>15-minute Delayed Market lnformatlon</H3> 

<P ALIGN=CENTER> 

<A HREF=”http://www.spacecom.com:80/usage-quote/index.html”><IMG 
AUGN=TOP SRC=”http://www.spacecom.com:80/usage- 
quote/usage.graph.small.glf’></A> 

For Quote Server Statistics, click <A 

HREF="http://www.spacecom,com:80/usage- 

quote/index.html">HERE.</A> 

OR<BR> For Statbot statistics <B>(updated every 15 minutes)</B>, click 
<A 

HREF="http://www,spacecom.com:80/stats/Welcome.htmr'>HERE</A></P 


<l>For technical questions about this service, email <A HREF="mailto:web- 


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master@spacecom.com”>webmaster@spacecom.comc/A>. 

For information about getting PC Quote quote real-time or delayed financial 
information services on your LAN or desktop, email <A 
HREF=’’mailto:maura@pcqt.com">Maura@pcqt.com</A>, or call (800)225- 
5657 in the U.S., or (312)913-2800. Ask for Maura.</I> 

<HR> 

<P> 

<FORM METHOD="GET" ACTION=7cgi-bin/getquote”> 

<EM>Enter ticker symbol for stock quote</EM><BR> 

Ticker Symbol: <INPUT TYPE=text NAME=”TICKER” size=12> 
cinput type =submit value=”SUBMIT’> 

<P> 

<HR> 

<P> 

</FORM> 

<FORM METHOD="GET” ACTION=7cgi-bin/gettlcker“> 

<EM>Enter text to find ticker symbol</EMxBR> 

Company Name: <INPUT TYPE=text NAME=”DESC" size=25> 

<INPUT TYPE=submit VALUE=”SUBMIT’> 

<P> 

<HR> 

HREF=”http://www.spacecom.com:80/Participants/pcquote/Welcome,htmr’> 
<IMG SRC=7images/arrowJe.gif’>Back </A>to PC Quote’s Home 
Page.<BR> 

<P> 

</FORM> 

<P> 

<P> 

Creation Date: <EM>Jan 29, 1995</EM> 

Interface designed by Kevin Bonifield, Software contributed by PC Quote. 
<P> 

</BODY> 

</HTML> 


Notice near the bottom of Listing 1 , look at the following 
HTML of that document: 

<FORM METHOD=”GET” ACTION=”/cgi-bin/getquote”> 

<EM>Enter ticker symbol for stock quote</EM><BR> 

Ticker Symbol: cINPUT TYPE=text NAME=”TICKER" size=12> 

<input type =submit value=”SUBMIT”> 

<P> 

<HR> 

<P> 

</FORM> 

<FORM METHOD=”GET” ACTION=”/cgi-bin/getticker”> 

<EM>Enter text to find ticker symbol</EM><BR> 

Company Name: <INPUTTYPE=text NAME=”DESC” size=25> 

<INPUT TYPE=submit VALUE="SUBMIT”> 

</FORM> 

Let’s break this down. 

The <FORM METHOD=”GET” ACTION=”/cgi-bin/ 
getquote”> has several elements within it. First it tells the 
browser that a form is starting with the “<FORM” tag. It 
acts like many other tags that start then end with a closing 
tag. i.e <HTML> & </HTML>, <HEAD> & </HEAD> or 
<BODY> & </BODY>. 

The METHOD attribute can be either be “GET” or “POST”, 
the quotes can be deleted if you wish. What’s the difference 
between GET and POST? Well a GET method, the informa¬ 
tion is encoded into the URL and the assigned to an environ¬ 
ment variable on the server. The POST method is a lot like 
GET except instead of an environment variable, the infor¬ 
mation is sent to the server through what is called standard 
input. It doesn’t use variables in the URL like GET does. 


ACTION tells the browser which program to run on the 
WWW server, if that is the selected ACTION. In this exam¬ 
ple, it will run Getquote on Spacecom’s WWW server. 

The next line displays standard text in <EMx/EM> tags. 
So the text is emphasized (Figure 4). 

The following tag: cINPUT TYPE=text NAME=”TICKER” 
size=12> has multiple elements also. The “<INPUT 
TYPE=text” tells the browser what kind of variable to cre¬ 
ate. In this case, it’s a text variable of course. The 
NAME=”TICKER” is the variable name. The variable length 
is size=12 or 12 characters. 

The tag:<input type =submit value=”SUBMIT”> tells the 
browser to display a button labeled “SUBMIT”. If it’s clicked 
on, the browser submits the text variable TICKER, which 
could be up to 12 characters long, to the program getqoute. 
Cool, huh? Complicated? Yep, but when you start working 
with it you will start to see how it works. 

We can create “Interactive” HTML documents that use some 
one else’s Gateway Scripts. For example we will create a 
simple form to use PC Quotes CGI to get stock quotes. You 
are probably wondering why not just point to their pages 
and let their site handle all of it. Well that would be the way 
to do it, if we weren’t learning how to write scripts. 


LISTING 2 

<HTML> 

<HEAD> 

<TITLE>Boardwatch Tutorial #4 Forms</TITLE> 

</HEAD> 

<BODY> 

<P> 

<H1>Stock Quotes</H1> 

<H2>Provided By PC Quote</H2> 

<HR> 

<P> 

<FORM METHOD=”GET' ACTION=”http://www.spacecom.com:8001/cgi- 
bin/getquote”> 

<EM>Enter ticker symbol for stock quote</EMxBR> 

Ticker Symbol: cINPUT TYPE=text NAME="TICKER" size=12> 
cinput type =submit value=”SUBMIT’> 

<P> 

<HR> 

<P> 

</FORM> 

cFORM METHOD=”GET’ ACTION=”http://www.spacecom.com:8001/cgi- 
bin/getticker”> 

<EM>Enter text to find ticker symbok/EMxBR> 

Company Name: cINPUT TYPE=text NAME=”DESC" size=25> 
cINPUT TYPE=submit VALUE=’’SUBMIT’> 

<P> 

<HR> 


In Listing 2 we are using the same method as PC Quote. 
This HTML document will be rendered as Figure 5, which is 
pretty close to PC Quote’s page. (Compare Figure 4 to 
Figure 5). 

Did you notice that the ACTION element changed from 
ACTION=”/cgi-bin/getquote” in Listing 1 to 
ACTION=”http://www.spacecom.com: 8001/cgi- 

bin/getguote” in Listing 2? The reason for that is Listing 1 
resided on www.spacecom.com. Listing 2 resides locally. The 
browser needed to know where the ACTION was going to take 
place, whichinthiscaseisonwww.spacecom.com port 8001. 

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Pretty simple 
right? Well we 
can’t have that. 
Look at Listing 
3. We are going 
to use Radio 
Buttons to pro¬ 
vide a selection 
of regional inter¬ 
est stocks. Since 
I live here in 
Wild Wonderful 
West Virginia, 
I’ll use the fol¬ 
lowing local companies stock symbols: ACI, ASH, BEL, N, 
SWVA and UK. 



Notice the following from Listing 3 


LISTING 3 

<HTML> 

<HEAD> 

<TITLE>Boardwatch Tutorial #4</TITLE> 

</HEAD> 

<BODY> 

<H1>Regional Stock Quotes</H1> 

<P> 

<FORM METHOD=”GET" ACTION=”http://www.spacecom.oom:8001/cgi- 
bin/getquote"> 

<EM>Seleot the ticker symbol for a PC Quote stock quote</EM><P> 
<INPUT TYPE=radio NAME=”TICKER” VALUE=”aci”>Ashland Coal, 
lnc.<BR> 

<INPUT TYPE=radio NAME=”TICKER” VALUE=”ash”>Ashland Oil<BR> 
<INPUT TYPE=radio NAME=”TICKER” VALUE="bel">Bell Atlantic 
Corporation<BR> 

<INPUT TYPE=radio NAME="TICKER” VALUE=”n”>INCO Alloys 
International, lnc.<BR> 

<INPUT TYPE=radio NAME="TICKER" VALUE=”swva">Steel Of West 
Virginia, lnc.<BR> 

<INPUTTYPE=radio NAME="TICKER" VALUE=”uk">Union Carbide 
Corporation<BR> 

<P> 

<input type =submit value=’’Request Quote”> 

</FORM> 

<P> 


<FORM METHOD=”GET” 

ACTION=”http://www.spacecom.com:8001/cgi-bin/getquote”> 
<EM>Select the ticker symbol for a PC Qoute stock quote</EM><P> 
cINPUT TYPE=radio NAME=”TICKER” VALUE="aci">Ashland Coal, 
lnc.<BR> 

cINPUT TYPE=radio NAME=”TICKER” VALUE=’’ash”>Ashland 
Oil<BR> 

<INPUT TYPE=radio NAME=”TICKER” VALUE=”bel’’>Bell Atlantic 
Corporation<BR> 

<INPUT TYPE=radio NAME=”TICKER” VALUE=”n”>INCO Alloys 
International, lnc.<BR> 

<INPUT TYPE=radio NAME=”TICKER” VALUE=”swva”>Steel Of West 
Virginia, lnc.<BR> 

<INPUT TYPE=radio NAME=”TICKER” VALUE=’'uk’’>Union Carbide 
Corporation<BR> 

<input type =submit value=”Request Quote’’> 

</FORM> 

The first part of the form is the same as Listing 1 and 
Listing 2. But notice the INPUT TYPE =radio, this will dis¬ 
play a round, selectable radio button. (Figure 6) If you select 
a different button, it will unselect the first button and select 
the new button. Remember those old car radios? So you 


would use RADIO buttons to allow only one possible selec¬ 
tion. i.e Male, Female or Other. 


Looking at the 
rest of the 
INPUT line, PC 
Quote’s gateway 
script expects the 
stock symbol 
value to be 
stored in a vari- 
able called 
“TICKER.” 



Regional Stock Quotes 




Pretty simple. 

Notice that the 
six choices only 
differ in what the 
VALUE is, plus I 
put what the button stood for following the > 
wouldn’t know what the button was for. 


The cINPUT TYPE=SUBMIT VALUE=”Request Quote”> is 
absolutely necessary. This causes the browser to render a 
button labeled “Request Quote.” When this button is 
pressed, it will SUBMIT the selected information from the 
provided data. In this case, it will submit to 
http://www.spacecom.com/cgi-bin/getqoute the vari¬ 
able TICKER=n. 


When the WWW server gets this, it will send the informa¬ 
tion to the gateway script GETQOUTE. (Figure 2) This 
script will process the request and send a HTML document, 
that it created in real time, back to our browser. (Figure 7) 

Now you see why this can be of great benefit to companies 
on the Web. That wraps up this month’s article; next month 
we will continue on CGI or gateway scripts and how you 
need to configure your WWW/HTTP server to run CGI. By 
the way, see if you can figure out those new HTML tags in 
Listing 1. See you next month...♦ 



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F ior years, I have been picking 
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tens of thousands of e-mail mes¬ 
sages. At times, it seems that I am 
virtually swimming in this “virtual” 
litter. 


By some standards, the amount of e-mail that I 
receive is rather modest — only about 
a day. But even this moderate 
number amounts to nearly 
22,000 messages a year or more 
than 11-Megabytes of informa¬ 
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In the beginning, the problem 
was gathering these messages. 

But soon I was faced with what 
to do with the messages and 
how to find what I wanted when 
I wanted it. My first solution 
was to dump everything into a 
word processor. Then, with the 
aid of the search feature, a good 
deal of patience and lots of luck, 

I would sift through all the 
information with the hope of 
finding what I needed. This is a 
bit like the task of finding an 
honest lawyer: you know there 
is one out there somewhere, but 
finding him can take a lifetime. 


As I say, that is the way I USED to do things. 
Everything changed when a little program called 
askSam™ for Windows version 2.0 entered my life. 

FREE-FORM DATABASE 

Strictly speaking, askSam is a database, costing 
$149.95 for single user Windows version, but it 
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searched with ease. 

Like a word processor, askSam lets you create and 
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fonts and formatting tech¬ 
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from other word processors. 


Like a text retrieval system, 
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ments or used in reports. 

It’s like having a big junk draw¬ 
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place where you can dump 
everything for safekeeping — 
with the added ability to find 
anything you need instantly. 

WINDOWS INTERFACE 


askSam is not a new program. 
The DOS version has been around for a long time 
and over the years it has garnered numerous 
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the DOS version for many years, I must admit that 
it was not the easiest program to operate due to its 
sometimes difficult to remember command syntax. 
The DOS version is still available but most will find 
the Windows version much easier to use. 

askSam for Windows offers the ease of use and con¬ 
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Both the menu bar and the tool bar can be fully cus¬ 
tomized allowing immediate access to your most fre¬ 
quently used commands. 


56 Boardwatch - May 1995 









Creating a database is as easy as start¬ 
ing a new document in a word proces¬ 
sor. The database can have explicit 
fields and a structured entry form or 
have no structure at all — it all 
depends on your needs and your style 
of working. For example, if you choose 
to use explicit fields, like a traditional 
database, you do not have to specify a 
length or type for the fields, but you 
can if you want. 


INTELLIGENT 

IMPORTING 


askSam has a 
good deal of 
intelligence 
built into it. 
When importing 
data, you can 
select an 
“automatic 
field recogni¬ 
tion” mode 
which will 
detect common 
elements in 
documents 
that can be 
used as field 
identifiers. For 
example, when 
importing data, askSam might select 
the dollar sign ($) or a colon (as in To: 
or From:) as a field identifier. After the 
information is imported, you are pre¬ 
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Later, when preparing a report, you 
could search or sort data based on 
these fields just as you would with a 
conventional database. 


of Public Relations for askSam 
Systems. 

The OCR engine reads most propor¬ 
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can also be scanned, imported and 
saved as TIFF, MS-Paint and 
Paintbrush files. These graphic images 
can be inserted into askSam files and 
documents. 

Documents are limited in size to 16,000 
lines and databases are limited (if you 
can call this a limit) to 4-Gigabytes. 
However, you can have an unlimited 
number of documents in a database, an 
unlimited number of fields in a docu¬ 
ment and an unlimited number of data¬ 
bases. 

The program also supports Object 
Linking and Embedding (OLE) allow¬ 
ing you to insert other applications, 
such as photos, graphics, spreadsheets, 
sound and video clips into your docu¬ 
ments. In many cases, such as audio 
clips or text, the linked or embedded 
objects appear as icons in the base doc¬ 
ument. Double clicking with your 
mouse on the icon plays back the audio 
or displays the associated text. 


Once the basic structure is created you 
are free to enter data in any way you 
find most comfortable. You can use pre¬ 
defined templates to limit the structure 
and the amount of information or you 
can just start typing — askSam doesn’t 
care. Best of all, you can be assured 
that no matter how random the infor¬ 
mation, askSam will be able to make 
sense of it, and help you find anything 
you need. 

Getting information into askSam 
couldn’t be easier or more flexible. You 
can type in the information or import it 
from another source. askSam has the 
ability to import files directly from 
Microsoft Word 6.0, WordPerfect 6.0, 
Nexis, Lexis, the Internet and the 
CompuServe Information Manager. It 
can also directly import ASCII and 
RTF documents. If you want or need a 
structure, you can import comma- 
delimited, tab delimited and fixed posi¬ 
tion data from other databases. 

An optional Filter Pak is available 
which allows you to import data from 
AmiPro 1.1 - 3.0, Microsoft Word (DOS) 
3.0 - 6.0, Word for Windows 1-2, 
WordPerfect 4.1 - 4.2, WordStar 3.3 - 
7.0, Professional Write Plus, XyWrite 
III - IV, Signature, XyWrite for 
Windows 1.0, Lotus 1-2-3 1A - 3.0, 
Excel 2.1 - 4.0, QuattroPro 4.0, 
QuattroPro for Windows 1.0. 


If this is not enough, an OCR add-on 
allows you to scan text directly into 
your database; this feature will cost 
you $99.95 for the Readlris OCR 
Module. 

Created by the IRIS corporation, the 
OCR add-on is a full version of the 
Readlris OCR software that integrates 
with askSam. With the add-on, you can 
scan any text document (even business 
cards) into your database. From here, 
the information can be edited, printed, 
saved as an ASCII file or pasted into 
another application. 

“Readlris was 
selected by 
askSam 
Systems 
because it is 
equal to or bet¬ 
ter than the 
leading OCR 
packages on 
the market in 
terms of accu¬ 
racy and ease 
of use. We are 
very pleased 
with the high 
degree of accu¬ 
racy that can 
be achieved 
with this OCR 
package,” says 
Bea McKinney, 

Vice President 


The OCR package works with any 
scanner that is SPIA, SAPI and 
TWAIN compliant. Specific drivers are 
available for most popular scanners. 

Once your data has been entered, you 
are free to sort, search and output the 
information in virtually any manner 
you choose. 

The program comes with a number of 
templates for working with various 
sources of data. Templates are pre-con- 
figured database structures, which con¬ 
tain reports. They can be used “as is” or 
modified to suit a specific purpose. 



Boardwatch - May 1995 57 






































Creating your own templates (database 
structure) is quite easy, but you can get 
some good ideas of the power of 
askSam by looking at or using the 
included templates. 

Among the templates is one for use 
with Internet Mail and Newsgroups. 
This one item alone has saved me 
hours of work and untold frustration. I 
can take all the “litter” I pick-up along 
the electronic highways and byways 
and dump it into askSam. Without any 
complications, askSam for Windows 
imports the data, separates the various 
messages into individual documents, 
automatically locates field identifiers, 
furnishes me with various report for¬ 
mats and provides me with a structure 
for sorting and searching for informa¬ 
tion. 

“The information highway has opened 
up a lot of opportunities for us. In 
future versions of askSam, you should 
see such things as an HTML 
import/export filter,” according to Phil 
Schnyder, President of askSam 
Systems. 

POWERFUL SEARCH CAPABILITIES 

One of the best features of the 
Windows version is that you can build 
complicated searches from the menus. 
All the associated code, which you 
would have to enter by hand in the 
DOS version, is generated automatical¬ 
ly. Full boolean (AND, OR NOT) 
searching is supported allowing for 
sophisticated search combinations. 

Wildcards are also accepted. Entering 
German* will find Germans, Germany, 
Germanic and German-made docu¬ 
ments. Searches can be done on the 
current document or on all documents 
in a database. You can also limit a 
search to a specific field, by numeric 
comparison (only records where the 
balance field is greater than $5,000, for 
example). Numeric searches use all of 
the greater-than, less-than or equal to 
operators (<, >, =<, =>, =, < ). 

Proximity searches allow you to find 
two words or phrases occurring within 
a specified proximity of one another. 
For example, you could find all docu¬ 
ments where “Frost” and “poetry” 
appear in the same paragraph or locate 
documents containing “Andretti” and 
“win” within five words of one another. 
With multiple search requests, you can 
combine any and all types of searches. 
This robust search capability makes 
askSam one of the most versatile 
search programs/databases on the mar¬ 
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A network version allows 
everyone in an office or 
workgroup to share infor¬ 
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added benefit of sharing 
files in a LAN environment 
and the security of record 
locking. It allows a group of 
people to edit, add to and 
access the same database. 
The network version is per¬ 
fect for corporate manuals, 
telephone messages, 
addresses and research 
notes,” says McKinney. 


Hypertext Links are also possible mak¬ 
ing it easy to navigate through docu¬ 
ments or files. Hypertext links can be 
used to run reports and execute menu 
commands. 

FULL REPORTING ABILITIES 

Finding your information is only part 
of the solution. Unless you can output 
that information into a meaningful for¬ 
mat, it does little good. With this in 
mind, askSam for Windows provides 
some excellent, easy-to-use tools for 
creating reports. 

Drag and Drop editing allows you to 
drag a field from the list of field names 
presented in the report writer and drop 
it in the desired position in your report. 
Using the Drag and Drop feature along 
with the ability to add any text or 
graphics you want to appear in your 
final document, creating reports could¬ 
n’t be easier. 

Prompts can also be added to reports to 
allow for user input. Report Links 
make it easy to jump from a report 
back to the original file or document. A 
report that is output to the screen is 
automatically linked to the original 
file. Double clicking 
on any line in a 
report jumps you 
back to the corre¬ 
sponding original 
document. 

askSam also has a 
mail merge feature 
allowing for the 
merging of address¬ 
es and other infor¬ 
mation into docu¬ 
ments. There is 
even a built-in spell 
checker to make 
sure your final doc¬ 
uments are as close 
to perfect as possi¬ 
ble. 


The network version works well with 
all major networking systems. 
According to a company spokesperson, 
it has been tested to work with Novell 
Netware, Windows for Workgroups, 
Windows NT and Lantastic and should 
run with any network system that will 
run Windows. The additional cost for 
the network version is $1,095 for five 
users to $15,000 per 100 users. 

ELECTRONIC PUBLISHER EDITION 

The newest addition to the askSam 
family is Electronic Publisher, which 
offers a simple and effective method for 
distributing information such as manu¬ 
als, catalogs, databases and reports. 
The package contains a full edition of 
askSam for Windows in which you cre¬ 
ate your document. The document can 
then be distributed to end users along 
with a viewer, which provides access to 
the askSam search engine and other 
features. 

“askSam’s Electronic Publisher essen¬ 
tially provides a read only version of 
askSam. It adds a powerful search 
engine to your information, making it 
the perfect tool for distributing infor- 



58 Boardwatch - May 1995 





























mation electronically. Users can run 
programs, execute hypertext links or 
use any of the search facilities, but 
they cannot edit or change the infor¬ 
mation,” said Schnyder. 

Electronic Publisher includes an 
unlimited viewer license, so developers 
can create and distribute unlimited 
copies of their final product. Once com¬ 
plete, the document can be distributed 
along with a special askSam viewer, 
and this would cost the purchaser an 
additional $995.00. 

CONCLUSIONS 

askSam is a joy to use. Installation is 
simple and straightforward. The docu¬ 
mentation is clear and easy to follow. 
Best of all, this is a program with a 
long lineage that seems to get better 
over time. It is rare that I find nothing 
to complain about in a program — 
askSam is one of those rare programs. 

I have found the askSam technical 
support personnel to be extremely 
friendly and very knowledgeable. It’s a 
pleasure to place a call to tech support 
and get through to someone right 
away. It is an even greater pleasure to 
talk with someone who knows the pro¬ 
gram they represent and can provide 
genuine solutions to any problems that 
may arise. One has the feeling that the 
people who work at askSam Systems 
are like a close-knit family. From the 
president on down, they are always 
friendly and helpful — a combination 
that is becoming rare in the growing 
computer industry. Getting organized! 
What a concept! 

askSam is one of the most versatile 
and easy to use program I have found. 
I use it and I recommend it to anyone 
who wants or needs to keep track of 
large amounts of information. The pro¬ 
gram requires MS-Windows 4Mb of 
RAM, 2Mb of disk space and there is 
currently no Macintosh version avail¬ 
able. 

For more information about this prod¬ 
uct contact askSam for Windows at 
askSam Systems, P.O. Box 1428, 
Perry, Florida 32347. You can call 
them at 800-800-1997 for more infor¬ 
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Here’s a set of instructions for decoding a file that 
has arrived by e-mail. Since encoded files are often 
split into multiple parts to ensure safe passage 
through Internet nodes with small file size thresh¬ 
olds, we’ll assume that is the case here. (If your 
encoded file arrives in one piece, you should be able 
to adapt the instructions below to handle that case.) 

1. Save each of the parts in a separate file on your 
own computer and perform these steps with a text 
editor or word processor. 

2. Remove all lines in file one except for the begin 
line and the 61-character encoded data lines that 
follow. Make sure the filename on the begin line is 
valid for your operating system, because that is the 
name that uudecode will use to create the decoded 
output file. The file should now look something like 
this: 

begin 644 sample.zip 

M4$L#I 10-(' /M811 ZD5 = ] (IP' " $L-' 

'4T%-4$Q%+E185'0)R"Q6 

3. For the intermediate files, remove all lines except 
for the 61-character encoded data lines. You should 
be left with something like this: 

M'*)$A>+$W(*<5(72TM2\Y/R4U!2%M,R<5#T%!<\ 
TA<K\4H7DQ#R%HM3$%(42 

MH'X=D)!Z6:I"<6ER<FHJ4+4B+Q<'4$L!'AO'%'' 
" '<?' A UA$ ' J15WTA' 

4. Do the same for the last file, but keep the lines 
near the bottom which may be shorter. The last line 
of the file should be the end line. The last file should 
now resemble: 


DR. BOB 


by Bob Rankin 


Bob Rankin, known 
as “Doctor Bob” in 
the online world, is 
a computer program¬ 
mer and consultant 
who enjoys exploring 
the Internet and 
sharing the fruit of 
his experience with 
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“Accessing The 
Internet By E-Mall" 
has circulated widely 
on the Internet. 
Rankin has also 
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Things To Do On 
The Internet" and 
“Doctor Bob's 
Internet Business 
Guide" which are 
available for $5.00 
each. For details, 
send e-mail to 
bobrankin 
Smbv.net with 
Subject: send info 


C omputers are stupid, and they hate 
people. That’s the simple explana¬ 
tion for the existence of uuencoded files. 
Of course, the fact that this all has some¬ 
thing to do with UNIX just makes the situa¬ 
tion worse... 

The utility known as uuencode was born in UNIX, a 
fact to which the two U’s that start it’s name will 
testify. Some guy with one-too-many pocket protec¬ 
tors suddenly realized one day that UNIX was so 
portable that it prevented you from porting binary 
files from one computer to another. 

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those binary smilies, bangs and tildes to nice ASCII 
characters (and vice-versa), so they would flow from 
UNIX to UNIX without any chance of characters 
being mistranslated in the process. Hence, the evil 
twins uuencode and uudecode. 

If you’ve ever tried to send an executable or image 
file over the Internet without first encoding it, 
chances are the intended recipient got a pile of bits 
that was of little value. And if you were savvy 
enough to compress and uuencode, chances are still 
pretty good that your friend is staring at a bunch of 
61-character lines thinking “This doesn’t look any¬ 
thing like Heather Locklear!” 


INTERNET DECODER RINGS 
SOLD HERE 


Cut your buddy some slack and send him a copy of 
this article. You’ll save yourself the trouble of 
explaining how to decode, and your friend will be 
able to stop crossing his eyes while moving slowly 
away from the screen. 


M2P H.0'@. %- 

1351,12Y46%102P4&.$"0'X 

)-JP. 

end 


Boardwatch - May 1995 


63 








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T he Personal Internet Mall Processor (PIMP) is an 
option module for eSoft, Inc.’s bulletin board sys¬ 
tem, The Bread Board System (TBBS). It allows 
any TBBS bulletin board to interact with the global 
Internet for electronic mail and USENET News 
Groups, and it provides one of the most integrated 
presentations of e-mail and newsgroups of any mail 
solution available in the online community. Callers 
to a TBBS system that has the PIMP option module 
will deal with global electronic mail in virtually 
exactly the same way they deal with local system e- 
mail - no ugly kludges or commands to learn to send 
mail to friends on CompuServe, Prodigy, America 
Online, or thousands of other sites in over 130 coun¬ 
tries. If they have the Internet mail address of the 
person they wish to reach, they can send them mail 
without any further instruction at all. And all of 
your callers will have their own Internet e-mail 
address on your system. Anyone on earth can send 
them e-mail from anywhere, at any time. 




PIMP imports RFC-822 style message files into the 
TBBS message base in real time. As a full TBBS 
option module, it loads with the BBS and operates 
continuously to import received mail to the message 
database, and export messages entered by callers for 
delivery to the Internet. It’s primary function is as a 
message database import/export utility and mail gate¬ 
way. And its main strength is that you do not have to 
take the system down at all - it operates in conjunction 
with TBBS to constantly import and export mail. 


In the most common 
configuration, to 
participate In the global 
exchange of eloctronlc 
mall and USENET news- 


1. A functioning TBBS 
bulletin board systom. 

2. A dial-up UUCP 
host account with 
an Internet Service 


3. The Personal Internot 


For delivery, PIMP Is quite 
flexible: 

I lt can work with an external Unix- 
• Unix Copy Program (UUCP) pro¬ 
gram such as Waffle’s UUCICO or FXUU- 
CICO. 

2 It includes its own internal UUCICO 
•program that uses any unused BBS 
line and modem to dial your host and 
deliver mail as necessary, and pickup any 
waiting mail from your UUCP account 
host. 

3 It is fully compatible with eSoft’s 
• Internet Protocol Adapter (IPAD) for 
direct connections to the Internet and the 
Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) 
capability for instant message delivery, as 
well as Net News Trasport Protocol 
(NNTP) provided by IPAD. 


FEATURES: 

SEAMLESS ELECTRONIC MAIL: 

PIMP is very tightly integrated into the TBBS system. 
Callers simply enter an Internet address in the normal 
TO field of the message, and that’s where the message 
goes. They can use the normal R)eply function of 
TBBS to respond to mail received from anywhere in 
the world. File attachments are still attached, mes¬ 
sages can be forwarded, all the functions of the TBBS 
message system work as they do locally. Beyond the 
Internet addressing itself, your callers already know 
how to send and receive mail to any site on earth. 

INTERNAL UUCP G PROTOCOL: 

PIMP can use any unused BBS line to dial your host 
and do a full UUCP session, supporting Windows 7 
and packet sizes up to 1024 bytes in size. This provides 
optimum UUCP protocol session performance to 
deliver mail and newsgroup messages to your host, 
and receive mail and newsgroup messages waiting for 
your BBS. You can use any available BBS line to do 
this, and can schedule this activity to occur as often as 
you like. Messages entered by callers can be scanned 
out and delivered in as little as one minute. Messages 
received from your host will be processed immediately 
after the call is completed. 

USENET NEWSGROUPS: 

PIMP can support an unlimited number of news- 
groups, and an unlimited number of newsgroup mes¬ 
sages. The TBBS total limitation of 60,000 messages 
in the message base still applies. Newsgroups are very 
easy to configure using TBBS’s topical message base 
structure. PIMP can toss a single message to multiple 
newsgroups for crossposting, and it handles long sub¬ 
ject lines and RE: message threading. Messages longer 
than the TBBS limit of 9999 bytes are broken into a 
series of successive messages. PIMP can also process 
satellite delivered .BAG files directly. 

FILE ATTACHMENTS: 

PIMP automatically and transparently deals with 
TBBS message file attachments. Messages received 
that include UUENCODED files are automatically 
decoded and presented as TBBS message file attach¬ 
ments to your callers and would appear to them exact¬ 
ly as any local message with a file attachment. 
Messages your callers send with a file attachment will 
automatically be UUENCODED for delivery to the 
Internet in a way that any recipient can easily uude- 
code to get the original file attachment intact. 

MAILING LIST SERVER: 

You can host your own Internet mailing list on your 
TBBS system. Correspondents can add themselves to 
the list automatically by sending an e-mail message to 
the system, and likewise remove themselves from the 
mailing list with a simple e-mail message. When join- 









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BOUNCE MESSAGES: 

For every message your system receives, PIMP will 
automatically search your user database to see if the 
message is deliverable. If it is, the caller will find the 
message in their message waiting chain the next time 
they call. If the message is not deliverable, PIMP will 
automatically send out a reply message noting that no 
such user is registered at your site. 


UUCP SERVER: 

PIMP can actually act as a UUCP hub server as well 
ns a client. You can setup callers with UUCP accounts 
allowing them to dial up automatically and retrieve 
mail and newsgroups using any UUCP mail package. 
Their mail will be waiting for them, as well as any 
newsgroups they specify they want to receive. And 
multiple callers or other BBS systems can call your 
multiline TBBS simultaneously to do UUCP mail 
transfers. 


Each account is actually a subdomain under your 
domain. For example, if your domain name is BIG- 
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subdomains under yours such as REDSTAR.BIG- 
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You can even build “pyramids” of systems connected 
via UUCP 


TUBS APPLICATION SPAWNING: 

eSoft also makes a database development option mod¬ 
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ALL third party add-ons and programs for TBBS are 
actually written as a TDBS application. PIMP is NOT. 
PIMP is a 100% assemblv laneuaee true option mod¬ 


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or other eSoft option modules. PIMP DOES NOT 
REQUIRE TDBS OR ANY OTHER TBBS OPTION 
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FTP FILE SERVER: 

PIMP can also act as a file server on a global basis. 
Correspondents from anywhere on the planet can send 
a simple e-mail message to your system requesting a 
specific file. PIMP will search the directories YOU 
make “public” for the corresponding file, and auto¬ 
matically send a reply message back with the file in 
UUENCODED format. 


But PIMP CAN spawn or run other TDBS applications 
on receipt of mail or on creation of mail. In fact, it can 
run ANY TDBS application you specify and even run 
for receipt of mail from that n 


INFORMATION SERVER: 

PIMP will allow you to define specific “information” 
addresses. Any correspondent can send a simple mes¬ 
sage to this address with no instructions of any kind in 
the message - just the ?.ct of sending mail to the 
address will cause an automatic e-mail reply contain¬ 
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anything else available on a globed basis for anyone to 
retrieve - all entirely automatically. 


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The IPAD and PIMP can share inbound/outbound 
message directories with the IPAD providing SMTP 
PIMP feeds outbound mail 


to IPAD in the correct format and IPAD delivers it to 
its destination via SMTP SMTP received by IPAD sim- 
ply appears in PIMP’s inbound message directory and 
PIMP adds it directly to the TBBS message base. 
USENET news is handled similarly. 


































5. Now join all the files into one. 
(Under DOS, you can use a command 
like this: “copy part. one+part 
.two+part .three sample.uue.” 

Under UNIX, you can use the cp or 
cat commands to join the files.) 

6. You’re now ready to decode! Enter 
the command: uudecode sample. uue 
and a file named sample.zip (or 
whatever you put on your “begin” line) 
should be produced. 

Note that some versions of uudecode 
gag if the output file already exists. 
You can either delete it or try the “-o” 
option to overwrite it. ie: uudecode - 
o sample.uue 

7. If the output from uudecode is a 
plain ASCII file, you’re done. If it’s a 
compressed binary file (.zip, ,Z, .gz, 
etc.), you’ll need to decompress it using 
the appropriate tool (pkunzip, uncom¬ 
press, gunzip, etc...). 

By the way, the eight lines from above 
comprise a valid uuencoded file. You 
might want to strip out just those lines 
and practice uudecoding and unzip¬ 
ping. If you’re successful, you’ll end up 
with a sample.txt file containing a 
message that will assure you it was 
done right! 

If you’d rather not type in those lines 
from scratch, there are some instruc¬ 
tions at the end of this article that will 
help you get some uuencoded files via 
FTPmail, so you can practice on them. 

CATCH 22 TIME 

Now where do we find uudecode? The 
best place to look would be in your BBS 
or service provider’s download area. 
Don’t try to retrieve a copy of the uude¬ 


code executable by e-mail, you’ll have a 
heck of a time trying to uudecode it! 

If you don’t have the file available on 
your local system, you’ll have to find 
the uudecode source code, which will 
travel just fine since it’s ASCII, and 
create the executable from that. If 
you’re DOS-based, you’ll need the 
BASIC program uudecode .bas, which 
when run will create uudecode.com 
for you. If you’re unixy, go for uude 
code.c and compile it with the “cc” 
command. (Just remember that the 
executable will be named “a.out”, so 
rename it with the “mv a.out uude 
code” command.) 

The latest version of uudecode (and 
uuencode) can be found at the SimTel 
repository on the Internet. Send e-mail 
to listserv@SimTel.Coast.NET, 
including any or all of these commands 
in the BODY of the note, and the 
requested files will be returned to you 
by e-mail. 

get uudecode.bas 
get uudecode.c 
get uudecode.doc 
get uuencode.bas 
get uuencode.c 

Note: Uuencoded files generated or 
moved through a UNIX system may 
have LF (ASCII 10) line endings 
instead of the DOS-convention CR/LF 
(ASCII 13/10) endings. The SimTel ver¬ 
sion of UUDECODE will handle those 
LF ends of line as well. You may get an 
“end not found” message, but the uude- 
coded file will still be correctly generat¬ 
ed. 

You should be aware that there are 
other ASCII<->Binary translators 
floating around. You might receive a 


file that has been Mime-encoded or bin- 
hex’d. You’ll need to find decoders for 
these special formats, so hop on over to 
the oak.oakland.edu FTP site, navi¬ 
gate to the SimTel/msdos/decode 
directory, and you’ll find them there. 
(The files mime64b.zip and hexbin.zip 
may prove most useful.) 

If you don’t have direct FTP access, 
send these lines to ftp mail@cen- 
sus.gov 

open oak.oakland.edu 

to the server 

cd SimTel/msdos/decode 

proper directory 

get OOJndex.txt 

& descriptions 

binary 

binary mode 

get mime64b.zip 

file 

You can also find Windows decoders at 
this site, strangely enough in the 
SimTel/win3/encode directory. Here 
are the FTP commands: 

cd SimTel/win3/encode 

proper directory 

get 00_index.txt 

& descriptions 

binary 

binary mode 

get uucod314.zip 

Windows decoder app 

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PROCOMM PLUS ADDS 
INTERNET FEATURES 


by Jack Rickard 

D ATASTORM has announced the 
release of Version 2.1 of their 
PROCOMM PLUS for Windows that 
adds integrated support for telnet and 
file transfer protocol. 

PROCOMM PLUS is probably the 
most widely used terminal communi¬ 
cations package available for IBM 
compatible personal computers and is 
consistently listed as one of the top 
selling utility programs through retail 
channels. The product started life as a 
shareware program developed by 
Bruce Barkelew and Tom Smith who 


66 Boardwatch - May 1995 














operated a partnership - PIL Software 
Systems in California. The product was 
sufficiently well received that they 
moved the operation to Columbia 
Missouri and started DATASTORM 
TECHNOLOGIES, INC. Today 
Datastorm employs some 250 people in 
Missouri and they are currently build¬ 
ing a new 150,000 square-foot facility. 

The new 2.1 release adds a number of 
features, but most notably Internet 
support. PROCOMM PLUS can now 
work with any WINSOCK to allow 
users to telnet and ftp to any site on 
the Internet as easily as they can dial a 
local BBS. 

This is actually a bit interesting. An 
increasing number of bulletin boards 
are connected to the Internet. But vir¬ 
tually NONE of the telnet applications 
available support ANSI color and IBM 
graphics correctly. As a result, telnet- 
ting to a BBS is too often an eye shat¬ 
tering experience. We reviewed a prod¬ 
uct titled COMt in a previous issue 
that allowed you to splice an ordinary 
terminal communications program to 
WINSOCK, making familiar features 
such as ZMODEM, ANSI color, and 
IBM graphics available via telnet con¬ 
nections. PROCOMM PLUS version 2.1 
does not require COMt. The link to the 
WINSOCK Internet connection is made 
internally much as you would define 
any other com port. 

The program also includes PWFTP. 
This is undoubtedly a port of the very 
popular WS-FTP program. It effective¬ 
ly replaces the file transfer protocol 
program command line with a pair of 
file directory windows. One directory 
for your local computer, and one for the 
remote computer you are connecting to. 
It allows you to navigate remote file 
directories easily, and transfer a file 
from one of their directories to your 
local drive with a click of the mouse. 

PWFTP not only appears as a separate 
program in the Procomm Windows 
group, but also as a selectable item on 
the TOOLS menu of the Procomm pro¬ 
gram itself. In this way, you can actu¬ 
ally telnet into a sight, and then ftp 
into that site or another simultaneous¬ 
ly. It is remarkably well integrated 
with this communications program and 
a joy to use. 

The terminal display can be configured 
for a large borderless window with 
large easy to read characters. As a 
result, the Internet looks a lot BIGGER 
to us these days than it had previously, 


and the relief from eye-strain is quite a 
treat. You can have the window sized 
to your font, the font sized to the win¬ 
dow, or both operate independently. 
We found Procomm’s own special 
PCPlus 437 font at 16 points the most 
readable. 


The Internet connection is the big news 
in this release, but some other features 
are worth noting. The fax function has 
become a very integral part of the pro¬ 
gram as well. You can create a little 
memo in a small window and fax it 
very easily. It will also allow you to 
send existing files, receive faxes, view 
them, zoom in on them, rotate them in 
the event you receive one that is 
“upside down” and so forth. 

The dialing directory supports data, 
fax, and voice numbers and you can 
have any number of directories. The 
program will examine your system and 
automatically configure itself for your 
com port and modem; it sports a list of 
900 supported modems and configura¬ 
tions. It has fairly exotic scripts for 
dialing CompuServe and MCI Mail and 
exchanging e-mail. The scrollback 
buffer can now hold 1300 pages of cap¬ 
tured session data. It supports Caller 
ID, distinctive ringing, and fax/data 
call discrimination with modems that 
support those features. 

Host mode now supports a fax back 
function that allows callers to have 
information faxed to them. And a new 
IND&FILE file transfer protocol allows 
upload to IBM mainframes. 

We were almost instantly comfortable 
with this program. The 2.1 version is 
available at a suggested retail price of 
$179. Datastorm Technologies, Inc., 
2401 Lemone Blvd., PO Box 1471, 
Columbia, MO 65205; (314)443-3282 
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COMMUNICATIONS 
DECENCY ACT PASSES 
SENATE COMMERCE 
COMMITTEE 


Electronic Frontier Foundation - March 
25, 1995 

March 23, 1995, the Senate Commerce 
Committee passed telecom legislation 
that included an amended version of 
the Communications Decency Act of 
1995, commonly known as “the Exon 
Amendment.” This draft was intro¬ 
duced by Sen. Slade Gorton (R-VT). 
The Electronic Frontier Foundation 


(EFF) opposes the inclusion of the 
“decency” provisions in this legislation 
for the following reasons: 

* The bill places operators of smaller sys¬ 
tems at risk. 

While the new version of the bill seems 
to attempt to protect large information 
service providers by including a list of 
available defenses, smaller bulletin 
board systems (BBSs) and other infor¬ 
mation services that cannot afford to 
assert these defenses in court are left 
without any protection at all. 
Operators of smaller, local systems will 
be unable to test the line where consti¬ 
tutional speech ends and criminal 
speech begins. These small businesses 
of the online world are put at a compet¬ 
itive disadvantage. 

Also, protections such as lack of editori¬ 
al control (Section 402[d][2]) may not 
apply to the majority of bulletin board 
systems and many other online ser¬ 
vices that provide content as well as 
conduit, nor to systems that present 
certain types of moderated forums. 

The ambiguity of the coverage and 
defenses leaves gaps that raise serious 
constitutional issues. In 1989, the 
Supreme Court in _Sable_ 
Communications_v._FCC_ established 
that indecent material cannot be 
banned entirely, and that prohibiting 
indecency to protect minors is an 
unconstitutional violation of the free 
speech rights of adults. The prohibition 
of “filthy” speech has no legal authority 
whatsoever. 

The Gorton/Exon amendment may fail 
to distinguish between consensual and 
non-consensual activities, and between 
private and public communications. A 
steamy love note sent privately 
between spouses could be a criminal 
violation of this statute, and there may 
be a potential for system operators to 
be held liable for failing to label users’ 
private email as “filthy”. 

Finally, the Communications Decency 
bill attempts to apply to online media 
many restrictions that do not apply to 
printed or verbal expression. 
Transmitting an online version of a 
“lascivious” book could subject the 
sender to unreasonable fines and 
imprisonment, while mailing the book 
in hardcopy or reading aloud from the 
book would be protected under the 
First Amendment. 


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* The bill is vague and leaves system 
operators open to prosecution under 
diverse community standards. 

The bill does not define “obscene” com¬ 
munications, leaving individual states 
to assert their own definition of com¬ 
munity standards and to prosecute sys¬ 
tem operators maintaining systems 
anywhere in the country. 

_U.S._v._Thomas_, a case currently 
under appeal in Memphis federal court 
- in which two system operators run¬ 
ning a BBS in California were convict¬ 
ed of obscenity charges after a federal 
officer dialed in from Tennessee and 
downloaded material from the BBS - 
clearly illustrates the danger of leaving 
terms like “obscenity” undefined in an 
online world. 

Also, passages such as “to provide 
users with the means to restrict access 
to communications” (Section 
402[d][3][A]) are so vague that the 
entire Internet is already either in vio¬ 
lation or in compliance, depending 
upon interpretation. Such failures to 
express clearly the extent and nature of 
the defenses would allow prosecutors to 
claim and “prove” virtually any lack of 
such means to restrict access given a 
sympathetic court, leaving system 
operators attempting to comply with 
the law little guidance on how to avoid 
being brought up on criminal charges. 

* The bill would negate the rights of 
adults to choose what to read and with 
whom to associate, as well as the rights 
of parents to decide what is and is not 
appropriate for their own children. 

EFF supports the ability of online com¬ 
munities to establish their own stan¬ 
dards and to self-regulate content as a 
more reasonable and realistic model of 
dealing with potential problems of 
online subject matter. Parents can 
direct their children to areas of age- 
appropriate material online, where par¬ 
ticipants, including parents, engage in 
“neighborhood watch” activities to limit 
possibly offensive content. “Filtering” 
technologies already in development 
and use by online services can further 
help to ensure that parents can restrict 
their own children’s access to electroni¬ 
cally-distributed materials. 

In general, passing restrictive laws is 
not the way to solve problems with 
rapidly evolving technologies like 
telecommunications - particularly 
when the laws are based on obsolete 
regulations of wholly different media. 
It is ironic that the Gorton/Exon 

70 Boardwatch - May 1995 


amendment, which would chill the 
development of online services and 
communities, has been attached to a 
bill deregulating communications infra¬ 
structure. This deregulation has been 
presented as a boost to the pace of 
development of the very technology to 
support these services and communi¬ 
ties. 

EFF believes that parents, not 
Congress or the FCC, have the right 
and responsibility to determine what is 
appropriate for their children to see, 
and we do not think Congress should 
make outlaws out of adults for engag¬ 
ing in speech that may not be suitable 
for minors. As Supreme Court Justice 
Felix Frankfurter ruled in 
_Butler_v._Michigan_ in 1957: 

The State insists that, by thus quaranti¬ 
ning the general reading public against 
books not too rugged for grown men and 
women in order to shield juvenile inno¬ 
cence, it is exercising its power to pro¬ 
mote the general welfare. Surely this is to 
burn the house to roast the pig...The inci¬ 
dence of this enactment is to reduce the 
adult population of Michigan to reading 
only what is fit for children. 

For amendment text, updates and 
action alerts, see: 

ftp.eff.org, /pub/Alerts/ 
gopher.eff.org, l/Alerts 
http: / /www. eff .org/pub/Alerts/ 

For more information, contact the 
Electronic Frontier Foundation 

ask@eff.org; (202)861-7700 (voice); 
(202)861-1258 (fax) 


COMMUNITY STANDARDS 
IN CYBERSPACE 

A Virtual Amicus Brief in the Amateur 
Action Appeal The Electronic Frontier 
Foundation 

INTRODUCTION 

O n July 29, 1994, the operators of 
the Amateur Action bulletin board 
system (“AABBS”) located in Milpitas, 
California were convicted of a federal 
crime — distribution of obscene materi¬ 
als across state lines — in the federal 
District Court for Western Tennessee. 
The “obscene materials” in question 
were obtained by a federal law enforce¬ 
ment official in Tennessee, by means of 
downloading the materials from 
AABBS onto a computer located in 
Tennessee. To determine whether or 


not the materials in question were 
“obscene”, the court applied the local 
Tennessee “community standards”. 

This case presents an opportunity for 
all those who are concerned with con¬ 
tent regulation on the global network 
to re-think the ways in which that reg¬ 
ulation can best be applied to materials 
accessible through computer networks. 
The Electronic Frontier Foundation 
(EFF) believes that these convictions 
should be overturned, and presents, in 
this “Virtual Amicus Brief,” an analysis 
of the issues raised by the facts of this 
case, in the hope of triggering addition¬ 
al discussion and the evolution of more 
appropriate standards governing the 
regulation of materials distributed over 
the global networks. 

EFF was not involved in the presenta¬ 
tion of the case below, has no relation¬ 
ship with the parties, and does not 
even have access to the full record of 
the proceedings; we believe, however, 
that the following fully and accurately 
states the facts of the case in question. 

Robert and Carleen Thomas operated 
the “Amateur Action” BBS (“AABBS”). 
Although physically located in 
Milpitas, California, AABBS was acces¬ 
sible by means of a telephone call from 
anywhere in the world. AABBS was 
configured as an “adults-only” system; 
persons dialing in to AABBS were pre¬ 
sented with log-in screens that clearly 
and unmistakably indicated that the 
system contained sexually explicit pho¬ 
tographs that certain individuals might 
find offensive. Persons who nonetheless 
sought access to those materials could 
do so only after AABBS had verified 
their age (by means of photo identifica¬ 
tion and voice verification) and they 
had paid a membership fee ($55.00 for 
6 months). 

In July, 1993, a Tennessee postal 
inspector, apparently responding to a 
local complaint, registered with 
AABBS (using an assumed name), paid 
the membership fee, and downloaded a 
number of sexually-explicit files. On 
the basis of these files, the Thomases 
were charged with, and ultimately con¬ 
victed of, “knowingly transporting] in 
interstate or foreign commerce for the 
purpose of sale or distribution . . . any 
obscene . . . book, pamphlet, picture, 
film ... or any other matter.” 

The Court Erred in Applying the 
Tennessee Local Community Standard 
to Determine Whether or Not the 
Materials Were Obscene. 


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Before criminal penalties can be 
imposed on the AABBS operators, the 
court must determine whether the 
downloaded files are “obscene.” How 
should the court make this determina¬ 
tion? 

The Tennessee court applied the “com¬ 
munity standards” test first promulgat¬ 
ed by the United States Supreme Court 
in 1973; that is, the court instructed 
the jury that it was proper to assess the 
materials in question with reference to 
the prevailing views in the local (i.e., 
Tennessee) community. EFF believes 
that the community standards test can, 
if properly applied, adequately balance 
the competing needs of free expression, 
on the one hand, and community con¬ 
trol on the other — but that as applied 
in this case it disrupts that delicate 
balance and is destructive of the very 
principles it was designed to serve. 

The use of geographically-based local 
community standards was designed to 
encourage diversity of expression and 
to prevent imposition of a uniform, 
“lowest common denominator” stan¬ 
dard across different communities. The 
Supreme Court stated this principle as 
follows: 

“[OJur nation is simply too big and diverse 
for the Court to reasonably expect that 
[obscenity] standards could be articulated 
for all 50 States in a single formulation, 
even assuming the prerequisite consen¬ 
sus exists. ... It is neither realistic nor 
constitutionally sound to read the First 
Amendment as requiring that the people 
of Maine or Mississippi accept public 
depiction of conduct found tolerable in 
Las Vegas, or New York City. [People] in 
different States vary in their tastes and 
attitudes, and this diversity is not to be 
strangled by the absolutism of imposed 
[uniformity.]” [Miller v. California, 415 US 
15, 33 (1973)] 

The community standards test 
attempts to balance the right of the 
people of Maine or Mississippi (or 
Tennessee) to exercise control over the 
material that enters their communities, 
against the right of creators and dis¬ 
tributors of diverse material to operate 
freely in those communities where that 
material is not offensive to prevailing 
standards. If you “knowingly transport” 
material to customers in Memphis, you 
will be held to the prevailing standards 
in that community; if, however, your 
material is not suitable for distribution 
in that community, you may forego 
such distribution in order to preserve 
your ability to operate in communities 

74 Boardwatch - May 1995 


with different views of what constitutes 
offensive material. 

In the context of the global network, 
where users around the globe can 
obtain copies of material posted on a 
BBS without the BBS operator’s inter¬ 
vention or assistance, the justifications 
for applying local community standards 
disappear. The AABBS had no physi¬ 
cal contacts with the State of 
Tennessee, its operators had not adver¬ 
tised in any medium directed primarily 
at Tennessee, they had not physically 
visited Tennessee, nor had they any 
assets or other contacts there. The law 
enforcement official in Tennessee, not 
the AABBS operators, took the actions 
required to gain access to the materials 
and to cause them to be “transported” 
into Tennessee (i.e., copied to his local 
hard disk); the AABBS operators may 
indeed have been entirely unaware 
that they had somehow entered the 
Tennessee market and had subjected 
themselves to the standards applicable 
in that community. 

This case is operationally indistin¬ 
guishable from one in which a 
Tennessee resident travels to 
California and purchases a computer 
file containing adult-oriented material 
that he brings back to his home. 
Whatever sanctions the local communi¬ 
ty in Tennessee might impose on the 
purchaser — and we note here that the 
Supreme Court has consistently held 
that private possession of obscene 
materials cannot be outlawed — the 
seller, who had not “knowingly trans¬ 
ported” material into Tennessee, would 
not have violated federal law. 
Imposing sanctions on the purchaser in 
this context is tantamount to restrict¬ 
ing the purchaser’s constitutionally- 
protected right to interstate travel. 

Application of geographically-based 
community standards to transmission 
over the global network, if interpreted 
to allow conviction on the basis of any 
access of a BBS by a member of any 
community with standards that would 
disapprove of the materials in question, 
will have the perverse effect of pro¬ 
hibiting, world-wide, anything disap¬ 
proved in any single territorial location 
— precisely the kind of uniform nation¬ 
al (or global) standard that the commu¬ 
nity standards test was designed to 
avoid. 

APPROPRIATE TEST 

If a Community Standards Test is to be 
Applied to Determine Whether Materials 


Are Obscene, the Community in 
Question should Consist of Those who 
Voluntarily Access the Online Forum in 
Question 

If application of local, geographically- 
based community standards to deter¬ 
mine whether material is “obscene” is 
inappropriate in this new context, how, 
then, can that determination be made 
with due regard to the rights of mem¬ 
bers of various communities to estab¬ 
lish their own divergent standards? 
EFF respectfully submits that the very 
best source of a definition regarding 
what constitutes “obscenity”, for pur¬ 
poses of determining when U.S. (or 
other) law should intervene to prohibit 
electronic distribution of materials, is 
the standard set by the community of 
users that, collectively, set the rules 
applicable to any particular online 
forum in question. Where, as here, the 
nature of the materials is clearly dis¬ 
closed on warning screens encountered 
as the users access the BBS system, 
those who sign on — who voluntarily 
join the community — have already 
determined that the materials in ques¬ 
tion do not violate their own sensibili¬ 
ties. If the operators of a BBS system 
were to post materials that violated the 
collective standards of that user com¬ 
munity, the community in question 
could quickly correct things by voting 
with their modems to go elsewhere. 

We do not question the right of commu¬ 
nities to regulate the contents of the 
materials to which their members are 
exposed. Those who wish to associate 
for religious purposes, for example, 
should have a right to establish places 
where materials inconsistent with 
those purposes are excluded. Those 
who wish to exchange speech offensive 
to others should have an ability, indeed 
a right, to establish spaces where such 
speech can be exchanged. The question 
presented in this case is whether those 
communities and places should be 
defined exclusively in terms of physical 
geography. 

In an age when computer networks 
allow the formation of virtual commu¬ 
nities, globally, without any significant 
impact on local, territorial communi¬ 
ties, the question answers itself. Any 
decent regard for preservation of the 
free flow of information (at least other 
than information posing more direct 
physical threats to local communities 
than those presented in this case) 
requires protection of the right of each 
individual to associate with others, to 
communicate freely with others and, in 




effect, to “travel” throughout the online 
spaces made available by the global 
networks. 

The boundaries between online places 
and communities are passwords and 
warning screens. Those boundaries 
provided, in this case, ample opportuni¬ 
ties for anyone in Tennessee to avoid 
coming into contact with the materials 
in question. They also provided the 
opportunity for those who wanted to 
adopt the standards that would allow 
the materials in question, a group that 
includes the Sysops convicted in this 
case and the other voluntary users of 
their system, to establish and imple¬ 
ment that community standard. Unless 
the government can establish a more 
compelling interest, on the basis of 
which it might prohibit the establish¬ 
ment of such a standard (a showing 
that could not be made credibly in a 
context in which California standards 
do not prohibit the materials in ques¬ 
tion), the standards of the group that 
voluntarily joined together to establish 
and use the BBS system in question 
should govern. 

BURDEN 

Sysops Should Not be Required at their 
Peril to Take More Extensive Steps to 
Prevent Access to Offensive Materials 
from any Geographic Locations that may 
have Local Community Standards that 
would Disapprove of such Materials 

Given that it was lawful for the Sysops 
convicted in this case to maintain their 
BBS system physically in the local ter¬ 
ritorial community where it was locat¬ 
ed, the only way in which they might 
have avoided violation of the distribu¬ 
tion law, as interpreted here, would 
have been to establish elaborate techni¬ 
cal means to screen incoming calls. 
This may not even be physically possi¬ 
ble, in light of the growing ability to 
route networked communications 
through numerous locations. Even if 
some steps might provide some such 
screening of calls originating from ter¬ 
ritories that disapprove of the content 
in question, however, no obligation to 
take such steps should be established. 
Any such doctrine would seriously bur¬ 
den the entire communications infra¬ 
structure. It would require Sysops to 
stay informed regarding the rules of 
countless local jurisdictions. And it 
would interfere with the easy interop¬ 
erability of computer based communi¬ 
cations systems. 


Cases upholding convictions of those 
who send physical objects through the 
US mail are not comparable. In such 
cases, it is easy for the distributor of 
material obscene under Tennessee 
standards to decline to send physical 
objects to that jurisdiction. In contrast, 
the Sysops in this case had no way to 
check in advance where any particular 
person might be calling from. They did 
not themselves take the steps required 
to send the copy to the local jurisdic¬ 
tion. And the installation of mecha¬ 
nisms designed to protect against such 
an occurrence would be both expensive 
and infeasible. 

The question presented by this case is, 
in essence, how best to protect 
Tennessee citizens from what they con¬ 
sider the adverse effects of “obscene” 
materials while preserving, as fully as 
possible, the right of groups with differ¬ 
ing sensibilities to associate and to 
form communities that establish and 
enforce different standards. Ultimately, 
that question reduces to one involving 
who should bear the burden of prevent¬ 
ing undesired exposure to offensive 
material — combined with the question 
how, generally, to preserve the free 
flow of lawful information and the right 
of all groups lawfully to associate. EFF 
submits that the appropriate answer is 
to be found in exactly the kinds of 
labelling and password protection 
schemes found in this case. The Sysop 
should have the burden accurate to 
label and appropriately to fence off 
potentially offensive materials. 
Thereafter, any local territorial com¬ 
munity that wants to enforce its own 
view of appropriate obscenity stan¬ 
dards has a duty to use those tools to 
just stay away from the offending 
materials. 

IMPACT 

There was no Showing and Could not 
have been any Showing in This Case of 
any Actionable Adverse Impact on the 
Local Community. 

In applying the Federal law against 
interstate distribution of obscene mate¬ 
rial, the U.S. government is seeking to 
prevent adverse impacts on local com¬ 
munities that stem from causes that 
have a range and source too great to be 
handled by the local territorial commu¬ 
nity. Absent some real or threatened 
adverse impact on the local community, 
the rationale for Federal intervention 
fails. Here, there was simply no such 
impact. 


The fact that someone in Tennessee 
could call a computer in California, or 
indeed anywhere else in the world, to 
access materials the physical sale of 
which might be prohibited in 
Tennessee, is neither news nor reason 
for concern. As noted, a citizen of 
Tennessee might get on a plane and go 
anywhere in the world in short order 
and be exposed to similar material. 
Accessing materials through a comput¬ 
er screen is most often, and was in this 
case, an entirely private matter. Even 
if conducted in groups in a private set¬ 
ting, it is akin to reading books or other 
materials that might be physically 
obtained and imported into the local 
jurisdiction with impunity. It does 
involve posting signs, entering into 
sales transactions, establishing a build¬ 
ing, or taking other steps of any kind 
that might even become known to, 
much less adversely impact upon, the 
members of the local geographic com¬ 
munity. 

Acknowledging the lack of impact of 
the actions involved in this case on the 
local community, and finding that the 
Federal government had no legitimate 
basis on which to prohibit such activity, 
does not amount to a concession that 
the local geographic community might 
not regulate actions that had such an 
impact. If a local Sysop or user were to 
sell admission to view the screens in 
question, for example, or if the local 
user were to have displayed the screens 
in question in a store window, then 
perhaps the local community could 
impose some sort of regulation. But no 
such local commercial activity nor any 
such public exhibition occurred in this 
case. 

CONCLUSION 

The convictions in this case were 
based, so far as we know, entirely on 
the fact that it was physically possible 
to access the BBS system from a geo¬ 
graphical location the local “community 
standard” of which would have found 
the materials thus accessed “obscene”. 
The convictions should be reversed 
because the materials in question 
where not shown to be obscene within 
the meaning of Federal law, appropri¬ 
ately applied to electronic distribution 
of the kind presented in this case. The 
standard applicable to determine 
whether or not someone has distrib¬ 
uted “obscene” materials in electronic 
form in violation of Federal law should 
be the community standard established 
inside the online community that, as 
was the case here, has established its 


Boardwatch - May 1995 75 




own boundaries and that gives others 
sufficient warning to allow them to 
stay away. Otherwise, federal law 
would have the perverse effect of 
imposing unworkable burdens on sys¬ 
tem operators and all providers of elec¬ 
tronic communications and computer 
based information services, or of 
imposing a single national (or perhaps 
even global) standard regarding Consti¬ 
tutes obscenity, or of prohibiting an 
otherwise constitutionally protected 
free exchange of speech under circum¬ 
stances in which no significant detri¬ 
mental impact on local territorial com¬ 
munities could be shown. 

FOOTNOTE 

The full text of 18 USC 1465 reads as 
follows: 

Transportation of obscene matters for 
sale or distribution. Whoever knowing¬ 
ly transports in interstate or foreign 
commerce for the purpose of sale or dis¬ 
tribution, or knowingly travels in inter¬ 
state commerce, or uses a facility or 
means of interstate commerce for the 
purpose of transporting obscene materi¬ 
al in interstate or foreign commerce, 
any obscene, lewd, ascivious, or filthy 
book, pamphlet, picture, film, paper, 
letter, writing, print, silhouette, draw¬ 
ing, figure, image, cast, phonograph 
recording, electrical transcription or 
other article capable of producing 
sound or any other matter of indecent 
or immoral character, shall be fined 
under this title or imprisoned not more 
than five years, or both. 

The transportation as aforesaid of two 
or more copies of any publication or two 
or more of any article of the character 
described above, or a combined total of 
five such publications and articles, 
shall create a presumption that such 
publications or articles are intended for 
sale or distribution, but such presump¬ 
tion shall be rebuttable. 

When any person is convicted of a vio¬ 
lation of this Act, the court in its judg¬ 
ment of conviction may, in addition to 
the penalty prescribed, order the confis¬ 
cation and, disposal of such items 
described herein which were found in 
the possession or under the immediate 
control of such person at the time of his 
arrest. 

The postal inspector also used AABBS 
to order a number of adult-oriented 
videotapes, which were mailed to a 
postal box in Memphis, Tennessee. We 
do not, in this amicus brief, address 
questions or take any position regard¬ 
ing the propriety of this aspect of the 
Thomas’prosecution. ♦ 


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^GOVERNMENT ACCESS 


by Jim Warren 


Jim Warren 
[345 Swett Rd„ 
Woodside CA 94062; 

(415)851-7075; 


received the first year 
Electronic Frontier 
Foundation Pioneer 
Award, and more 
recently the James 
Madison Freedom-of- 
Information Award from 
the Society of Profes¬ 
sional Journalists 
Northern California for 
helping to make gov¬ 
ernment information 
freely available online. 
He is now pushing for 
similar access to cam¬ 
paign-finance disclo¬ 
sures. He founded 
Info World and the 
Computers, Freedom & 
Privacy conferences, 
was founding host of 
PBS' television’s 
“Computer hronicles” 
and founding Editor of 
Dr. Dobb’s Journal, 
among other things. 


ALAWON AND THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS “REFORM” ACT 


A LAWON is the American Library 
XJ. Association’s Washington Office 
Newsline, an irregular online newsletter that 
provides fast late-breaking news and insights 
about congressional and regulatory matters of 
interest to libraries — and, more often than not, of 
interest to citizens — from the ALA’s full-time 
Washington staff. (ALA-WO, 110 Maryland Avenue, 
N.E., Washington, DC 20002-5675. Internet: 
alawash@alawash.org ; (202)547-4440; Fax: 
(202)547-7363. ALAWON Editor: Lynne E. Bradley, 
leb@alawash.org .) 

Their interests notably include public access to pub¬ 
lic records, strong opposition to censorship propos¬ 
als, concern for assuring robust public telecommuni¬ 
cations options, and of course, protection and 
enhancement of public library services. 

ALAWON is available free of charge and is avail¬ 
able only in electronic form. To subscribe, send the 
message “subscribe ala-wo [your name]” to list- 
serv@uicvm (Bitnet) or listserv@uicvm.uic.edu 
(Internet). Back issues and other documents are 
available from the list server. To find out what’s 
available, send the message “send ala-wo filelist” to 
the listserv. The ALA-WO filelist contains the list of 
files with the exact filename and filetype. To get a 
particular file, issue the command “send filename 
filetype” to the listserv. Do not include the quotes in 
your commands. 


The following excerpts from the March 23rd issue of 
ALAWON provide important information about fed¬ 
eral telecommunications “reform” legislation that 
may be fast-tracked through Congress by the time 
this column finally appears in print — and illus¬ 
trates how congressional action actually operates, 
crucial insights if we hope to participate in the 
process of our own governance. 

Please note how this actual process in the Senate 
compares to Gingrich’s assurance in the House that 
the full text of proposed legislation would be avail¬ 
able to the public at the same time it is available to 
House members. The Republicans are obviously 
continuing the Democrats’ tradition of keeping cru¬ 
cial bill-text secret from everyone except their cho¬ 
sen few until it’s time to be accepted or rejected by 
committee vote. 

Regarding the telecommunications “reform” act that 
will have major impacts on every one of us for 
decades to come, ALAWON reported in late March: 

“The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation 
Committee conducted a mark up session on a new 
telecommunications bill on March 23 demonstrating 
bi-partisan support for this latest effort to update 
the Communications Act of 1934. Committee Chair 


Sen. Larry Pressler (R-SD) conducted the mark up, 
even though the bill had not been officially 
filed or even completed, until the early morning 
hours of the 23rd.” 

A mark up session is where the rubber meets the 
road. This is where committee members go through 
a bill, line by line, and potentially question it and 
amend it. Witnesses are invited to be available for 
members’ questions and input, but witness lists are 
controlled by the committee chair-creature — and 
that turns out to be a major control point. 

Of course, if most of the members don’t even have 
copies of the current bill-text, how the hell can they 
pose cogent questions, much less propose worthy 
amendments, or even know what they will actually 
vote for or against? 

This absolutely demolishes any notion of a 
careful — much less public — deliberative 
process. 

ALAWON noted that several senators, “acknowl¬ 
edged the various staff members who had worked 
long hours into the middle of the previous night.” 

On the one hand, this illustrates the fact that I have 
often personally observed, that staffers do work 
monumentally long hours with serious dedication to 
their work — contrary to the cynical views of many 
folks who have never been around a state or federal 
legislative environment. 

On the other hand, one must ask: Why the hell can’t 
crucial legislation such as this — that will impact 
almost every citizen and business in the nation for 
decades to come — be crafted in a more orderly, 
more open and less frenetic process? Certainly a 
public conferencing system — or even a robust 
internal conferencing system for staff use — could 
greatly enhance the crafting and quality of legisla¬ 
tion. 

“Their staff and others had been constantly working 
on ‘negotiating’ the language of the bill recently, 
amidst heavy pressure from the many parts of the 
telecommunications industry.” 

Geee, I didn’t ever hear of a single public-interest or 
rate-payer or information-innovator group being 
invited to participate in those negotiations. 

Legislation of the lobbyists, by the politicians, for the 
corporate giants. Citizens and public interests need 
not apply. 

“Since Pressler scheduled the mark up session a few 
weeks ago, staff had been working on two discussion 
drafts, one authored by Pressler and the other by 
Hollings in the hopes of developing a bi-partisan 
bill. 

“At this writing [dated March 23rd], we [the ALA 
WO] have seen only the interim ‘discussion draft’ 


82 


Boardwatch - May 1995 





from March 21, which was still not the 
final version given to the committee for 
mark up. There is still no bill number 
and the official publication of the bill 
was not yet available. This report is 
based on the proceedings at the mark 
up where there were no draft copies or 
other materials available for the pub¬ 
lic.” 

With this long-standing insiders’ leg¬ 
islative process, systematically prac¬ 
ticed by both parties, what possibility 
do mere citizens have of participating 
in their own governance — in any form 
other than howling about the final 
result ? 

“The bill discussed was substantially 
the Pressler discussion draft with some 
elements that grew from the bi-parti¬ 
san discussions. The legislation follows 
through on Pressler’s commitment to 
provide for major deregulation and pro¬ 
mote competition in all areas of 
telecommunications. In the days before 
the mark up there were frequent 
changes in many parts of the legisla¬ 
tion as negotiations [with whom!?] 
went on to the last minute. Public 
access clauses, including the parts 
related to libraries and schools, were 
rumored to be changed several times 
this week alone.” 

WHAT IS “PUBLIC ACCESS?” 

This issue of “public access” proposes to 
impose access mandates on the wired 
and wireless communications giants 
that are pleading for — and paying 
huge contributions for these “reforms” 
— powerful giants like the local-loop 
baby Bell monopolies, longline carriers 
such as AT&T and MCI, the large 
national cable operators such as TCI 
with their widespread exclusive local 
franchises and tne FCC-licensed net¬ 
work broadcasters. 

These giants have operated as govern¬ 
ment-granted monopolies for most of 
the century, and they now want 
“reforms” so they can compete in pro¬ 
viding wired and wireless services, and 
in providing content — entertainment, 
games and information as they define 


Compete with each other, that is! 

But the notion of “access” is ambigu¬ 
ous: 

A “good” implementation would include 
“universal access” for all information 
and service providers on a nondiscrimi- 
natory basis, to all of the communica¬ 
tions channels — not just nondiscrimi- 
natory competition between the giants, 
wherein small, low-cost, high-innova¬ 
tion entrepreneurs and start-ups would 
be shut out, or forced to subordinate 
their innovation and economy to one of 
the giants in order to gain the “equal” 
access that the giants will share. 


The “bad” interpretation is that “public 
access” is limited to “universal service” 
— that is, all couch potatoes and cash 
emitters will be provided with whatev¬ 
er content and services the few cooper¬ 
ating giants deign to offer, as properly 
obedient consumers. 

Universal access is of serious concern 
to a number of senior Senators and 
Representatives who are in key posi¬ 
tions to impose their will on this legis¬ 
lation — notably including members 
from farm states (such as Senate 
Majority Leader Bob Dole who has 
already testified bluntly on this issue) 
and rural districts who want to be sure 
that constituents outside of the urban 
and suburban areas receive more-or- 
less equal service. 

Universal service is not enough. We 
must assure nondiscriminatory univer¬ 
sal access to the communications chan¬ 
nels for all information providers — 
not just equal access by the giants to 
each others’ channels. 

BBS sysops, public host operators and 
local newspaper publishers: You better 
tell all your users and readers — right 
now! — about this need for nondiscrim¬ 
inatory competitive access. 

Use it before you lose it. 

LIBRARY AND SCHOOL ACCESS 

ALAWON also reported that, “Senators 
Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Jay 
Rockefeller (D-WV) cosponsored one 
amendment addressing universal ser¬ 
vice for rural public schools and 
libraries. Part of the discussion of their 
amendment was about the definition of 
‘rural’ as well as what entities would be 
covered under their amendment. The 
Snowe-Rockefeller amendment narrow¬ 
ly passed in a roll call vote. 

“Senator John Kerry (D-MA) discussed 
an anti-redlining amendment to ensure 
that telecommunications providers 
could not gerrymander around seem¬ 
ingly less popular communities in 
developing and providing telecommuni¬ 
cations services. This and other amend¬ 
ments may be added on the Senate 
floor.” 

INDECENT ACT NOW LIKELY 

Addressing the obscene censorship 
demands of the pandering Senator 
James Exon (D-NE) — who is not seek¬ 
ing re-election — and Senator Slade 
Gorton (R-WA), ALAWON reported 
that they were successful in adding, 
“an amended version of S. 314, the 
Exon ‘Communications Decency Act of 
1995’, to the telecommunications legis¬ 


lation. The committee accepted their 
amendment.” 

This is the bill that makes it a federal 
felony with up to a $100,000 fine or two 
years imprisonment or both, for anyone 
using any “telecommunications device” 
who, “makes, transmits, or otherwise 
makes available any comment, request, 
suggestion, proposal, image, or other 
communication which is obscene, lewd, 
lascivious, filthy, or indecent” — 
although there is an exception for those 
who make such an “indecent communi¬ 
cation for commercial purposes,” as 
long as it is restricted to consenting 
individuals who are 18 years of age or 
older. 

Apparently, if you want to say some¬ 
thing erotic to a consenting adult 
friend, one of you better charge the 
other some money. 

Illustrating how much the public and 
public-interest groups were shut out of 
the entire process, the ALAWON 
newsletter concluded, “Once ALAWON 
has obtained the final language and a 
bill number a more complete report will 
be published,” adding, 

“ACTION NEEDED: The bill will now 
go to the Senate floor. All senators 
should be contacted and asked to sup¬ 
port the public access provisions. 
Senators should also be asked if they 
could strengthen public access provi¬ 
sions such as incremental cost-based 
rates for schools and libraries, and uni¬ 
versal service and anti-redlining claus¬ 
es. Watch for more details as they 
become available.” 

Of course, by the time you finally 
receive this in this monthly print peri¬ 
odical, that Senate floor vote will be 
history. 

Thus we see Congress, serving the 
People. On a platter. ♦ 


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EDUCATION LINK 


by Rea Andrew Redd 


LUCKY TO BE LINQed:THE POINT-AND-CLICK CLASSROOM 


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C ould you imagine the Internet jungle 
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Do you have a little trouble keeping students in line 
while online? 


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the twenty students. 

Many SLIP or PPP connections are slow and you 
will get the occasional busy signal. A leased line con¬ 
nection is dedicated and data grade to the school; 
though fast and reliable the entire Internet is open 
and students may wander off into non-curricular 
(and sometimes embarrassing) areas. An ISDN (Tl) 
is similar to the leased line connection and available 
whenever it’s needed; but so far, ISDN is not offered 
by all access providers and can be more costly than a 
leased line; it may also have a high initial connec¬ 
tion fee. With these things in mind check out LINQ’s 
prices. 

If you already have all the hardware, LINQ will sell 
you the server software with 200 user I.D.s and 
capabilities for up to 20 users to access the LINQ 
server simultaneously for about $800 through 
August 1, 1995. If you need the hardware, LINQ will 
sell you the server software, 200 I.D.s, 20 user 
access capility, a 1.2 gigqabyte hard drive, a 28,800 
baud modem and cable, and 700MB of pre-installed 
Intenet software for about $2,000 until August. 
There is a stepped-down bundle for about $1,000. If 


86 Boardwatch - May 1995 





your school has a dedicated T1 or 56K 
line, a software upgrade to take advan¬ 
tage of the LINQ as an Internet screen 
sells for about $ 1 , 000 . 


Well, there is much more to find 
out about LINQ; the system is 
marketed by Quality Computers, 
20200 Nine Mile Road, St. Clair 
Shores, MI 48080. Pick up the 
phone and dial 800-777-3642 or 
send a fax to 810-774-2698. 
LINQ software is liscensed from 
ResNova, Inc., 5011 Argosy Drive 
#13, Huntington Beach, CA 
92649. 


j im. thompson@wnsnews. com is 

looking for a place on the 
Internet where he can telnet to 
in order to receive NYSE and 
NASDAQ stock quotes, prefer¬ 
ably free of charge. If you know 
of any, send a list to Jim 
Thompson, and while you are at 
it, e-mail the same list to me. 


John Mcnamara is looking for 
any Parent-Teacher Associations 
(PTA) on the Internet or the 
WWW; he would like to gopher 
with kindred spirits on this topic. You 
can e-mail John by sending a message 
to macwarp@ix.netcom.com. 


Robin Mercer of The Ellenboro School, 
North Carolina uses the Learning Link 
System, which is free to educators to 
ride the Internet. Robin has access to 
telnet, gopher and WWW using LYNX 
and is reluctant to give up this access 
for PBS online (see February’s 
Boardwatch Magazine, Education Link 
column). Robin is wondering if the 
other Learning Link sites have these 
same services or is it unique to The 
Ellenboro School. The school is located 
in one of those many rural pockets in 


the United States with no local access 
phone numbers for any of the major 
commercial online services. Losing 
Learning Link may jeopardize their 
Internet access. Robin would appreci¬ 
ate e-mail from other LYNX and PBS 
users. 

Send your e-mail messages to Robin at 
the school’s address: e810344a 
@unctv.org. The March Education 
Link column describes a rural oriented 
government lobby, focusing on electron¬ 
ic access issues. The Organization 
Concerned About Rural Education 
deserves your attention and support 
concerning problems which may arise 
from your school geographic location 
and the federal government’s develop¬ 
ment of equal access to the Internet. 


MEMO FROM THE DEEP POCKETS 
DEPARTMENT 

The Federal Commerce Department’s 
National Telecommunication and 
Information Administration (NTIA) 
has awarded $24.4 million to projects, 
which foster school and community 
links via the Internet. Recipients of 
Telemcommunications and Information 
Infrastructure Assistance (TIIA) grants 
must also raise matching funds, which 
the NTIA hopes will encourage more 
private sector partnerships with the 
public sector. One of the funded 1994 
projects was the tri-state education ini- 


STUDENT 

SCHOLARS/AUTHORS 

The National Student Research 
Center (NSRC) in Louisiana has 
published the latest issue of The 
E-Journal of Student Research. 
Located at Mandeville Middle 
School, the NSRC houses an 
electronic library, which can be 
accessed in America Online’s Electronic 
School House by using the keyword: 
ESH. Teachers and students hoping to 
publish projects developed in a class¬ 
room setting may submit them to the 
screen address NSRC MMS in America 
Online. You may fatmail questions to 
the director, John I. Swang at NSRC, 
Mandeville Middle School, 2525 Soult 
Street, Mandeville, LA 70448 or give 
him a phone call at 504-626-5980 or 
504-626-8778. His e-mail address is 
nsr-cmms@aol.com.> 


tiative between Alabama, Mississippi 
and Tennessee to improve the informa¬ 
tion infrastructure. 


Another funded project made Maryland 
teachers happy; K-12 schools will begin 
developing an ecology/science network 
through the University of Maryland 
and will build a demonstration 
Internet Resource Center with linkage 
to the Chesapeake Bay Observing 
System, which monitors the ecological 
health of the bay. 


Also, Los Angeles County received 
funds to establish a communication 
network that will allow local-Cal access 
to the L.A. Freenet from schools and 
low-income residents. Other monies 
went to over 500 Native American trib¬ 
al governments around the 
United States, which are now 
making plans for building a elec¬ 
tronic network linking them 
together. Initial linkage will 
occur in six areas of tribal con¬ 
cern: education, cultural preser¬ 
vation, telemedicine, child care, 
economic development and gov¬ 
ernment. 


To receive descriptions of the 
1994 funded projects or applica¬ 
tion requirements and proce¬ 
dures, contact the U.S. 
Department of Commerce, 
NTIA, 24th and Constitution 
NW, Washington, D.C. 20230 or 
send your questions to pdard 
en@ntla.doc.gov. 


Additional user I.D.’s are $1 each. 
Simultaneous user capability upgrades 
are available in 10, 20 and 30 unit bun¬ 
dles. The membership fee is ten cents 
a month per user with a 200 user mini¬ 
mum; the good news is that July and 
August are free months. That’s an 
annual budget of $200. Don’t overlook 
the fact that the school must supply 
the server machine. LINQ prefers the 
Power Macintosh 7100 or the Quadra 
630; you can get started with an SE/30. 
There was no real mention of compati¬ 
bility with IBM computers in any of 
their literature so you might want to 
find that one out on 


Boardwatch - May 1995 87 






GADGETS & GIZMOLOGY dizmologist 


SHARP ZAURUS ZR - 5000 PDA 


ou see them in the ads. You see them in the stores. But 
do you actually see someone use one? I’m talking about 
Personal Digital Assistants or PDAs for short. For several 
years, I have carried around a small black notebook for keep¬ 
ing names, addresses, phone numbers, contacts, login names 
and other such information that I don’t want to forget. The 
information I want to keep gets written on little pieces of 
paper, stuffed in my pocket, and if I am lucky, makes it to 
the notebook where it gets lost forever. 

Well, Internet World '95 was upcoming and we were getting 
many requests for meetings from vendors and exhibitors. I 
received phone calls, faxes, email, and even postal letters 
expressing a desire to set up an interview time to meet with 
me. I can hardly pick my wife up at work on time so I had no 
idea how to manage over 20 meetings with vendors. 

For the past three 
months I had been try¬ 
ing to get Hewlett- 
Packard to send me one 
of their HP 200XL 
Palmtop PCs. I think I 
will have better luck 
getting Bill Gates 
the phone, which, by- 
the-way, I am also 
working on, than ever 
getting anything out of 
HP or their public rela¬ 
tions firm. It took six 
weeks just to get a color 
slide of the 200XL so I 
had pretty much given 
up on the idea when I 
started seeing ads for 
the new Sharp Zaurus. 

I looked at the ads and 
finally went to see the 
product at a retail outlet. 

I am happy to say that at this time, the Zaurus is with me 
almost 24 hours a day. I found my little black notebook and 
entered all the information from it into the Zaurus. It took 
very little time to enter all the information, and it was easy 
with the use of the touch screen and keyboard. I also entered 
all the contacts and meetings for Internet World '95 and was 
able to reschedule two appointments that I failed to realize 
were at the same time. 

While the Zaurus has many features, some are more useful 
than others. The main reason I see for having a PDA is to 
keep track of information. This is done with the help of built- 


in productivity software. These modules include an 
Activities database for keeping track of appointments and all 
mighty “things to do”, a Contacts database to keep names, 
phone numbers, and email addresses, and a Data Files data¬ 
base that can be used to keep a database of information. 

The Activities module keeps track of your appointments by 
date and time, and show the list of “to do” items for that day. 
There is a sliding time bar that shows the appointments and 
free time. It will also let you know if there is a conflict where 
you have scheduled two meetings at the same time. There 
are several views that can be used such as Day, Week, 
Month, and Weekly Graph. The Day view shows you what is 
scheduled and when. The Weekly Graph view shows you at a 
glance how busy you are for the entire week by displaying 
seven daily time bars indicating the appointments. 

The Contacts module 
is top rate. It has 
fields for all the nor¬ 
mal items such as 
name, address, and 
several phone num¬ 
bers, but it also has 
two e-mail address 
fields, and four user 
defined fields. This is 
useful for sending 
Internet e-mail with 
the Zaurus. The 
information is nor¬ 
mally indexed on the 
name, but can be 
indexed on any of the 
16 fields. There are 
also three separate 
dababases in which 
you can keep differ¬ 
ent sets of contact 
information. A filter is also available so you can limit the 
names which show in the view. 

Another useful module is the Data Files database. I found 
this very useful for storing the login names and password of 
the many bulletin boards and online services I call. I was a 
little worried about doing this at first until I found out I can 
password protect the data stored in the Zaurus. I am now 
able to use someone elses computer and software to logon 
and check my mail on these services without calling home to 
ask my wife what the password is. 

Other modules found on the Zaurus are Notes, where you 
can enter notes directly on the screen with the stylus. This is 



88 Boardwatch - May 1995 






Other optional accessories for the 
Zaurus include the CE-IR4 High 
Speed Digital ASK Wireless 
Interface for PCs and Macintosh 
computers. This lets your Zaurus 
communicate directly with your 
desk top computer to transfer 
meeting and contact information. 
And for you desktop junkies, there 
is also an external power supply to 
keep the unit from draining the 
batteries. 


useful for very quick items that 
you want to record and type in 
later. A Documents module which 
is a real word processor with many 
of the features of ‘Real’ word 
processors, including a spell 
checker. A World Clock which will 
help you keep track of time as you 
travel, and a calculator is provided 
for those of us that can’t add or 
subtract. 


Two other useful modules include 
a Fax and Terminal. While the 
Fax is send only, it is very easy to 
compose an item and then fax it 
anywhere you need it to be. I was 
able to sit in a meeting, take notes 
on what needed to be done, and 
then fax it from the nearest phone 
plug back to the office. By the time 
I returned to the office, most of the 
items on my fax had been complet¬ 
ed. 


There is also a terminal so you can 
log onto you BBS while you are 
away and check mail. I have used this 
several times from my desk to log into 
the BBS and answer mail while the 
computer was ‘busy’ doing database 
work. The built in terminal software 
supports TTY and VT100, and the only 
real drawback I found is the screen is 
only 65 characters wide. It reminds me 
of the TRS-80 days. 


The Zaurus has a built-in serial port 
that is used to attach either the 
Fax modem or special serial cable, 
on the left side. On the right side 
is a PCMCIA slot that will accept 
a Type I or Type II PC Card. 
Several SRAM and Flash Memory 
Cards are supported as well as 
PCMCIA modems from AT&T, 
Megahertz, Motorola, and others. 

An infrared port is built in that 
allows the Zaurus to communicate 
with another Zaurus, the Sharp 
Wizard OZ-6500 or OZ-9000 
series, or even a printer with the 
optional CE-IR1 wireless interface. 


Not to be outdone, AT&T has also 
teamed up with Sharp to provide 
AT&T EasyLInk Services. Zaurus 
users will be able to access the 
AT&T network to send fax docu¬ 
ments, and to exchange email 
with most public networks, includ¬ 
ing the Internet. 


And even Mortorola wants a piece 
of the action. By plugging 
Mototola’s NewsCard Wireless 
Data Receiver into the PCMCIA 
slot, Zaurus users will be able to 
take advantage of the one-way 
wireless messaging system provid¬ 
ed by Motorola. This is the world’s 
first wireless receiver modem in a 
PCMCIA card format. With the 
NewsCard, users can receive mes¬ 
sages, email, news, and even stock 
information. 


The Sharp Zaurus model ZR- 
5000FX is priced at 849.99 and 
comes with the CE-FM4 Fax 
modem. 


Sharp Electronics Corporation, 
Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, New Jersey 

07430-2135 (201)529-8200 ♦ 


CompuServe has also announced the 
CompuServe Companion for Zaurus. 
With this module, users will be able to 
send and receive electronic mail 
through CompuServe. The first release 
is expected to provide access to email, 
financial information, news, travel and 
weather information and be available 
in the second half of 1995. 


So while the Zaurus may be new 
on the market, it seems to have a 
lot of backing. And who knows, 
there may even be new products 
for Sysops and BBS users. 


The Zaurus is small enough at 6.75 
inches by 4 inches by 1 inch that it 
really can fit in a coat pocket. I have 
even placed it in my hip pocket but I do 
advise against sitting while the unit is 
pocketized. It weighs in at 13.85 ounces 
and the Fax modem adds another 1.05 
ounces. The two AA batteries will last 
about 60 hours and are real easy to 
change. 


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by Lance Rose 


high-tech and 
information law in 
Montclair, N.J. with 
the firm Lance 
Rose & Associates. 
He can be found 
on the Internet at 
elrose@well 


The notion of the Internet as a 
“commons” has a deep grip on 
today’s online users. It is a vast 
pool of talk and data, endless yet fully 
shared, and everyone must behave correctly 
(take your nastiness to the flame room, please). 

This concept found its early formal expression in the 
classic Internet “acceptable use policies,” now slowly 
fading from view. The most famous offense against 
propriety so far was the green card ambulance-chas¬ 
ing of lawyer/hucksters Martha Canter and 
Lawrence Siegel. It was punished in the online 
manner by the folks on the Net, by a show of mass ill 
will and by “cancelmoose” deletion of the offenders’ 
subsequent attempts to communicate online. 


gy of asserting such quaint notions as freedom of 
speech and privacy in the courts and assembly halls. 

We are now witnessing two early blasts by groups 
that would seek to control the common areas of the 
Internet. The first, the recently revived 
Communications Decency Act bill now in Congress 
(also known as the Exon Amendment), is an effort to 
build a legal superstructure, complete with FCC 
enforcement, for controlling obscene and indecent 
speech in U.S.-controlled areas of the Internet. The 
other is the series of efforts by the Church of 
Scientology to control the spread of its religious texts 
on the Internet by invoking existing copyright and 
other laws to restrict online activities physically. In 
broad outline, these efforts are very similar. 


CompuServe 
at 72230, 2044. 
He is also author 
of NetLaw, the 
legal guide for 
online service 
providers, published 
by Osborne/ 
McGraw-Hill and 
available at better 
book stores 
everywhere. 


The problem with the “commons” notion for the 
online world is that it posits cyberspace as a zero- 
sum game. If everyone doesn’t play nicely, then 
everyone must suffer, unless the offenders can be 
stopped or ousted. This scenario plays out naturally 
in the physical world, where livable real estate is 
finite and at a premium. But online, there are other 
rational choices: ignore the offenders, or set up your 
own BBS and keep out the riffraff. You can set up a 
vast online social space if you’d like and leave the 
troublemakers outside, scratching at the door. This 
strategy is employed often enough. Gentle souls and 
Nazis/Skinheads alike set up private clubs for their 
own kind, and avoid wasting time dallying with 
those whom they rub the wrong way. 

However, rolling your own living space might be too 
creative for some of the recent arrivals to the Net. 
When they see something they don’t like, they’ll be 
darned if they don’t try to take down the whole Net 
to stop it. Thus begins the long-term struggle for 
online dominion: between those who want continu¬ 
ing freedom to say what they wish in the Internet 
“commons”, and those who want to shut people up 
and shut them out of the commons. 

Instead of building themselves a decent private place 
online, the control addicts will seek to take over the 
public areas of the Net itself so they can push out 
those they find offensive. The weapons of the would- 
be power-mongers of the Net are land-based legal 
systems — laws, and the physical courts and cops 
that enforce them by taking your computer and 
putting your body in stir. The people who want to 
keep their freedom in the public areas of the Net 
have their weapons too — encryption-based systems 
creating user anonymity, plus their own legal strate- 


In each case, there is a group new to the Internet: 
technophobes and fearful parents, in the case of the 
Communications Decency Act; Scientologist leaders, 
in the case of the Church. In each case, the new 
group “discovered” the offensive materials when they 
came online, although in fact such materials could 
be found online for years; the groups in question just 
did not care about the online activity until they were 
told by the media that the Internet is the place to be. 
And finally, after each group discovered the particu¬ 
lar materials it found offensive, their reaction was 
anything but modest: they attempted to seize control 
of the Internet and snuff out the offending matter 
and the people that generate it. Don’t be misled by 
the tense: these are both ongoing battles, with some 
of our presumed basic Net freedoms hanging in the 
balance. 

THE SWIFT REVIVAL OF THE EXON AMENDMENT 

Some readers may recall our discussion several 
months back regarding the Exon Amendment, a pro¬ 
posed anti-pornography law for the Internet and all 
online services. It first surfaced in the 1994 
Congress, attached to the would-be telecommunica¬ 
tions reform bill that was dropped before it could be 
brought to a vote. Despite the huge burden the Exon 
Amendment would have imposed on online speech 
and entertainment, the mainstream media was so 
blinded by the bright light of O.J. that they barely 
noticed its existence, and the populace was kept 
almost entirely ignorant. 

In the early days of the 1995 Congress, Senator 
James Exon of Nebraska brought forth his anti¬ 
pornography bill once more, in the same exact form 
as before. This time, though, the mainstream press 


92 


Boardwatch - May 1995 




was galvanized, and paid lots of atten¬ 
tion to Exon’s proposal, much of it neg¬ 
ative. It seems as though the tide of 
public opinion is turning. Indeed, 
shortly before this column was complet¬ 
ed, Sen. Exon was quoted as having 
doubts himself about the passage of the 
bill. So is it now dead in the water? 

Hardly. From here, Exon’s expressions 
of doubt look like deliberate misdirec¬ 
tion, an attempt to lure his opponents 
into relaxing while he gathers together 
his own political forces to push the bill 
through. The forces on Exon’s side for 
an online pornography control bill are 
traditionally powerful: the religious 
right, which never shrank before from 
using the political process to impose its 
preferences on others, and now sees a 
new, dangerously uncontrolled regime 
arising in the wilds of cyberspace; and 
fiercely protective parents, who bought 
multimedia computers and modems for 
their kids for Christmas, and are now 
scared that their kids are being 
exposed to a world of pornography and 
pedophiles online. As a Senator from a 
state slow to pick up on computers and 
communications, and hence more fear¬ 
ful of technology and its implications, 
Exon personally stands to make a big 
hit with the home crowd with this bill. 

The opposition is powerful as well, and 
forms a rather weird coalition. First, 
we have most or all of the telecom com¬ 
panies, online services, software com¬ 
panies and other big businesses that 
plan on making hay online. To them, 
the burden of administering online 
pornography to meet government 
requirements is just a drag on invest¬ 
ment, profits and attraction of cus¬ 
tomers to online services. Their will 
carries with it the votes and senti¬ 
ments of many conservatives, who 
want to keep future investment oppor¬ 
tunities unencumbered. Then, we have 
all the online civil rights and privacy 
groups — The Electronic Privacy 
Information Center (EPIC), Electronic 
Frontier Foundation (EFF), Voters 
Telecom Watch (VTW), the Center for 
Democracy and Technology (GDT), and 
the American Civil Liberties Union 
(ACLU), among others — who see the 
Exon bill as a raw restraint on freedom 
with little to recommend it. So we 
have a merger, this time around at 
least, of big business and grassroots 
civil libertarian activism dedicated to 
killing the bill. 

With such forces at work, it is difficult 


to say who will prevail. Instead of a 
pure win or loss, there will likely be 
some compromise, an armed truce. 
There is already some confused move¬ 
ment in this direction. The Exon 
Amendment was just cleared by com¬ 
mittee to go to the Senate floor. Before 
that happened, though, it was softened 
up a bit by the committee staff, report¬ 
edly in some 11th hour wrangling with 
attorneys for one of the national online 
services. As modified, the bill is now 
very complicated. In fact, it’s not clear 
which online transmission of adult 
materials would be legal, and which 
illegal, if it was passed today in its cur¬ 
rent form. Which itself demonstrates 
one of the more glaring features of rule- 
making designed to control the Net: the 
would-be controllers do not sufficiently 
understand the online environment to 
draft laws that apply meaningfully to 
that environment. I sincerely hope 
that if we end up with a law based on 
the Exon Amendment, someone who 
can both write in English and under¬ 
stands how messages move in an online 
environment gets a crack at how that 
law is written. 

One part of the modified Exon bill is 
still clear — the existing regulation of 
telephone sex services would be 
expressly extended to all kinds of digi¬ 
tal and online communications, in all 
media. The complicated part is the 
proposed new set of rules for systems 
that dare to grant access to “lewd” and 
“lascivious” materials. These terms are 
not legally defined, and may not stand 
up to the legal challenge that they are 
too vague to be permitted as a restraint 
on speech under the 1st Amendment. 
In addition, there is a thoroughly 
hedged and partially overlapping set of 
statutory defenses and exceptions that 
would save online services from respon¬ 
sibility for pornographic materials that 
pass unseen through their systems, but 
also leave hard to pinpoint loopholes in 
the protection. This scheme would 
leave online services more uncertain 
about the legality of adult materials 
than if there was no bill at all. 

Exon’s proposed national legislation 
does have a possible silver lining, It 
can be used to perform some judo, and 
achieve needed unification of varying 
state laws on adult materials. The 
recently modified bill actually contains 
a first feeble stab at this — a provision 
that would make the proposed federal 
decency legislation override conflicting 
state laws. This would help online ser¬ 


vices gauge the legality of carrying 
adult materials according to a single 
federal legal standard, instead of the 
shifting laws of 50 states. Other such 
unifying provisions could be added to 
the Exon bill if the compromising with 
opposition groups continues: any online 
service charged with violating the 
decency law could be sued only in its 
own state, instead of any state where 
the police feel like taking them to 
court; in online obscenity cases, the 
“community standards” used to deter¬ 
mine whether the charged content is 
obscene would be based on the online 
service’s own community, instead of the 
complaining party’s own land-based 
community, which might be thousands 
of miles away; and an online service 
could be charged only once for a given 
set of practices — multiple prosecu¬ 
tions would not arise just because the 
claimed violating materials were dis¬ 
tributed by the online system to multi¬ 
ple states or complainants. 

As this is written, the push to simply 
kill the Exon bill is stiffening among 
the civil rights groups. They think 
they might get it knocked out simply as 
a by-product of Congressional dynam¬ 
ics: if the Exon bill is perceived by 
phone and cable companies as threat¬ 
ening their enormous telecom deregula¬ 
tion bill to which it’s attached, they’ll 
lop it off fast. On the other hand, the 
forces that might support the Exon bill 
may rise quickly at any time. This 
could lead to a far-ranging public 
debate on the wisdom of communica¬ 
tions decency legislation, which in turn 
could lead anywhere from killing the 
bill to making it into a real clamp-down 
on adult materials online. Hmmm, a 
real public debate? That almost looks a 
little like democracy. 

THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY’S 
ONLINE CRUSADES 

The other on-going effort to control the 
Net does not seek to change any laws, 
but to use the existing legal system to 
prevent certain information from being 
sent around the Internet. In particu¬ 
lar, the Church, started by writf L 
Ron Hubbard a few decades ag; i.- 
seeking to prevent transmission , of 
written materials that it claims are 
copyrighted and, in some cases, confi¬ 
dential property of the Church. Its 
efforts have led to several episodes 
already famous on the Net. 

The first major episode was a relatively 


Boardwatrh - Maw 1QQ A 


modest attempt to close down the 
Usenet newsgroup named 
alt.religion.Scientology. Apparently, 
some people were saying things the 
Church did not like in that very public 
and unmoderated forum, and the 
Church formed the impression it could 
just end the entire worldwide discus¬ 
sion. It went online and claimed, in 
another newsgroup devoted to the gen¬ 
eral subject of newsgroups, that 
alt.religion.scientology was not properly 
authorized either as an official Usenet 
discussion topic, or as an official voice 
of the Church. This was not very per¬ 
suasive, however. No one on the Net 
made a move to stifle or end the news- 
group offensive to the Church. Stung 
but hardly bowed by this astonishing 
disobedience, the Church moved to a 
more hard-line strategy. 

One person in particular, a man named 
Dennis Ehrlich, was giving the Church 
particular problems. He left the 
Church (though the Church is reluc¬ 
tant to recognize such things) over a 
dozen years ago, and has devoted much 
of his energy since then to criticizing 
and ridiculing it in public. Ehrlich rose 
fairly high in the Church hierarchy 
before the break, so he had received 
access to a large amount of written 
materials belonging to the Church, 
including stuff the Church fastidiously 
keeps secret under lock and key. 
Recently, Ehrlich developed a new tac¬ 
tic in his public battles with the 
Church: posting large amounts of 
Church-owned text verbatim in 
Internet newsgroups, often with some 
commentary attacking the Church. 
Given his knowledge of the hot buttons 
of Church officials, this move was 
bound to annoy. With one move, he 
was not only attacking the Church in 
public, but making free with materials 
the Church zealously protects against 
all unauthorized use, as evidenced by 
the many cases it has brought over the 
years. 

In February 1995, the Church made its 
countermove against Ehrlich. It 
obtained a court order to seize all mate¬ 
rials from Ehrlich’s home in California 
relating to various copyright and confi¬ 
dential rights violations claimed by the 
Church. It entered Ehrlich’s home, 
with police assistance, and copied 
materials from his hard drive to obtain 
evidence of the claimed violations. 
Apparently the computer was left with 
Ehrlich, though he claims that when 
the Church made its copies, they affect¬ 


ed the disk in some fashion that made 
the computer inoperable afterwards. 
That was not all. The Church also 
obtained a temporary restraining order 
against further violations, not only 
against Ehrlich, but also against the 
local BBS and major Internet service 
provider, Netcom, which were provid¬ 
ing him access to the Internet. 

Outraged, the BBS operator and 
Netcom immediately moved to have the 
restraining order lifted, and the judge 
did lift it, recognizing their distance 
from the squabble between Ehrlich and 
the Church, and their legally protected 
role as carriers of free speech. 
Thankfully, the court did not feel it was 
the job of these online systems to moni¬ 
tor online traffic to make sure their 
users were not performing copyright 
infringement or other naughty acts. 
The order remained in place against 
Ehrlich, though with a loophole. 
Ehrlich claimed that his use of copy¬ 
righted Church materials was for satir¬ 
ical purposes, and was thus permitted 
under the fair use exception of copy¬ 
right law. Without examining the mat¬ 
ter at the length it requires, the court 
made clear in its order that while 
Ehrlich could not violate the Church’s 
copyright, this did not prevent him 
from fair use of the Church’s materials 
as permitted by law, since fair use is 
not a copyright infringement. 

As might have been predicted, Ehrlich 
went right back out on the Net with his 
verbal attacks on the Church, replete 
with more postings of their written 
materials. This time, he made sure to 
point out that it is all “fair use”. The 
Church retaliated with a motion to 
hold Ehrlich liable for contempt of 
court, claiming that Ehrlich was disin¬ 
genuously using the courts recognition 
of valid fair uses of copyrighted materi¬ 
als as a pretext for further copyright 
violations, instead of genuine fair use. 
A hearing will have been held on this 
point by the time this column sees 
print. The Church does have a good 
case on at least some of the postings by 
Ehrlich — in which he posted several 
pages of Church materials on the Net 
without his own changes or comments. 
Unless he claims that Church materi¬ 
als are self-satirizing, which courts are 
unlikely to accept because of the disre¬ 
spect they imply toward copyright hold¬ 
ers, it would be very hard for Ehrlich to 
prove that these posts are satire-style 
fair use. 


The Church’s third move was the most 
riveting to Net denizens. Many of the 
copyrighted and confidential Church 
materials moving through the Net, 
whether originating with Ehrlich or 
others, were entering Usenet news- 
groups through an anonymous remailer 
service, which hides the identity of the 
person who originally sent the e-mail. 
Not deterred by this popular method 
for posting supposedly untraceable 
messages both publicly and privately, 
the Church managed to have a raid 
performed on the offices of Penet, Inc. 
in Finland, which was the sender of the 
problem postings, and is also the most 
popular anonymous remailer used in 
Usenet under the server name 
anon.penet.fi. The Church did this 
through a chain of connections from the 
Los Angeles Police Department, to 
Interpol, to local Finnish police, who 
proceeded on charges that stolen mate¬ 
rials were being broadcast from Penet, 
Inc.(the charges were later changed to 
infringement of copyrighted materials). 
When the raid occurred, Penet, Inc. 
made a deal with the authorities — it 
would turn over its records relating to 
the sender who was responsible for the 
postings related to the Church, and the 
authorities would leave the rest of the 
system alone. Thus the records were 
turned over, though it’s not clear right 
now whether the police received infor¬ 
mation on the identity of the person 
posting the problem messages or just 
the address of a previous remailer. In 
the meantime, the Finnish police sup¬ 
posedly issued a statement that they 
decided that Penet, Inc. is involved in 
no wrong doing. 

This assault on an anonymous remail¬ 
er, and actually obtaining log records 
on its users, stunned the Net communi¬ 
ty. Many of those, who want their pri¬ 
vacy online, had started feeling secure 
with anonymous remailers as an effec¬ 
tive protection, only to see that a sim¬ 
ple police raid can turn the tables. 
Part of the problem here was a foolish 
over-confidence in technology as a suffi¬ 
cient protective device in itself. As 
computer crackers know, when a direct 
frontal attack against computer securi¬ 
ty does not work, you can often achieve 
success by “social engineering,” such as 
fooling inside employees into giving you 
access to information over voice phone, 
and by poring through the target sys¬ 
tem owner’s garbage dumpster. The 
police raid was simply an institutional 
variant on the same set of techniques 
— if the netheads try to keep you out 


94 Boardwatch - May 1995 


by using anonymous remailers, you 
simply bust the service providing 
anonymity. It not only gets the desired 
information, it makes would-be anony¬ 
mous remailers far more wary about 
pursuing an occupation that leads to 
police raids. 

Inevitably, the Net will respond to this 
incident with procedures and technolo¬ 
gy designed to prevent a repeat of the 
Penet raid. It will be interesting to see 
what these are, especially if the 
increased protection requires more 
work on the part of those who want 
anonymity, thus adding to the cost of 
remaining anonymous online. Penet’s 
practice of keeping logs of transmis¬ 
sions will certainly be revisited. As it 
was, they were forced into a terrible 
choice: try to protect the guy who relied 
on their anonymity services at the only 
time that anonymity really makes a 
difference (when the cops are after 
you), or turn over all its records for 
everyone using the system? They 
made the choice they had to, but the 
lesson should be instructive. If Penet 
has any sense of responsibility to those 
who use its services, it will need to 
assure this never happens again. 
What good is my anonymity if it does¬ 
n’t count when the officials threaten 


the remailing service? Beyond techno¬ 
logical and Net-culture adjustments, 
we can expect to see some activity to 
get the laws changed in Finland and 
elsewhere, to recognize the valuable 
social function of anonymity and make 
it far more difficult to legally raid an 
anonymity service. Reportedly, the 
Church has approached at least one 
more anonymous remailing service 
since that time, though not through a 
police raid (yet). 

For all the world, it looks like the 
Church is engaged in a far-ranging 
exploration of just how far you can use 
legal techniques to control message 
traffic on the Internet, Net veterans 
and their newbie acolytes scoff at the 
notion of imposing control over 
Internet messaging, but it’s not clear to 
me that they’re right. Talk is cheap. 
Up to now, that’s all we’ve had on the 
subject of the supposed uncontrollabili¬ 
ty of the Internet. Now that the 
Church is forcing the rubber to meet 
the road, we’ll see how much messag¬ 
ing freedom survives. The prospect of 
identifying those who post offending 
messages, and the fear of police raids 
against anonymous message posters 
and the Internet services that would 
assist them, could go a far way toward 


reducing the amount of anonymous 
public posting we see on the Net, espe¬ 
cially messages that would tweak the 
rich or powerful. 

Whatever the upshot of the Exon pro¬ 
posal and the Church of Scientology 
crusade, these are only the opening 
chapters in a seesaw battle for Net con¬ 
trol that may occupy us for the next 
few decades. As society and culture 
assimilate the Net, our attitudes as a 
group will evolve, leading to various 
calls for increased and decreased free¬ 
dom in different aspects of Net activity, 
and attempts to enshrine those free¬ 
doms or limits on freedom in laws. 
There will also be contests on the prac¬ 
tical level, pitting powerful organiza¬ 
tions seeking to control information 
flow based on property interests or 
other goals, against an evolving net¬ 
work of online guerrillas who want to 
preserve their ability to operate with¬ 
out official sanction online. It’s way 
too early to predict a winner. More 
likely, we will see increasingly complex 
and subtle battles over Net control and 
freedom, where no one clearly wins 
most of the time, and everyone protects 
their turf. I’m getting out some pop¬ 
corn. ♦ 





MACINTOSH NEWS 


by Bill Gram-Reefer 


KEEP ON ROCKING IN THE eWORLD 


Bill Gram- 
Reefer, based 
in Concord, CA, 
is president of 
WORLDVIEW, 
specializing in 
connectivity and 
communications. 
Bill has been 
writing about 
Macintosh 
computers 
since 1984. 
E-mail Bill at: 
reefer@netcom 


C an’t find a better man or 
don’t know what to do with 
the bugs in your shoes? Then check 
out Music Universe located in the Arts 
and Entertainment Pavilion of eWorld, Apple’s 
new and very commercial online service. MU is for 
the music fan who knows that Rust Never Sleeps 
and wants to keep up with their favorite artist, new 
releases and tour dates; musicians looking for a 
band; the songwriter who wants to find a publisher; 
recording engineers shopping for a new mixing 
board; the managers and recording label execs look¬ 
ing for new talent. Since, many serious musicians 
(hackers of sound instead of code) now use comput¬ 
ers and probably have modems, MU on eWorld is on 
its way to providing a comprehensive online music 
service for an international audience. 

MU is “published” on eWorld courtesy of BAM 
Media, publishers of BAM Magazine, Beat Attitude 
and Music, and MicroTimes. Not just for the fan, 
MU includes info from such sources as BAM and 
other publications, information from record compa¬ 



nies, radio stations, major music conventions, 
recording studios, and hopefully, someday, pro¬ 
audio equipment dealers and manufacturers. MU 
also hopes to provide the services that generate a 
strong sense of community for those who actually 
work in the music business. 

In the Music Press section, users can find reviews, 
articles and interviews from leading media outlets, 
plus reference books and guides to every genre of 
music. Upcoming titles covering music/pop culture 
will also be previewed. The Sound Off area is a place 
for users to share opinions and views, or to ask 
questions about their favorite performers. Another 
feature will be the multimedia library where users 
can download sound and visual clips, magazine and 


CD cover art, photos and sound samples of items 
being reviewed in the Music Press section. 

Clicking on the Backstage Pass will take the user 
into an area that touches on all aspects of the music 
business. In Trade Secrets, for instance, you’ll find 
material by, for and about artists, including record 
companies, managers, video directors and music 
media. There are also tour itineraries, multimedia 
projects, new releases, artist Bios and more. Trade 
Secrets, according to Lorry Fleming, BAM Media 
coordinator for MU, is “destined to be an exciting 
source of up-to-the-minute information that fans 
and industry people alike will look forward to 
exploring regularly.” 

The discussion board within Trade Secrets will 
allow users to create discussion threads and ask 
specific questions of people within the industry. MU 
promises that if the right person isn’t online to 
answer, MU will find the answer for you, or refer 
you to the correct resource or person. In contrast to 
some tech support policies, no question will go unan¬ 
swered. So if you want to know the ABCs of how to 
put together a demo tape and who’s the best person 
to send it to at Arista Records, this is the place. The 
multimedia library in Trade Secrets Jukebox arena 
will provide video clips, artwork, sound-bits of new 
records and works in progress. Vigil A and R repre¬ 
sentatives will scour this area to check out demo 
tapes to find the next hot sound. 

Gear Up, another area within MU, will be the place 
for the serious musician, the media pro or even the 
technologically impaired who need help. Here, you’ll 
find info on musical instruments, studios and studio 
gear, troubleshooting, MIDI technology and whatev¬ 
er else is needed to make this the online place to be 
for musical gear. The Patch Bay discussion area will 
get you in touch with users as well as manufactur¬ 
ers, while the Multimedia Emporium promises to be 
the pro musician’s toy box, where you’ll be able to 
find sound files, sequences, loops and hundreds of 
MIDI files. 

Finally, BAM Media will provide the MU Guide for 
the user who wants to get information quick or to 
learn where to go within MU to get specific answers 
or info. Other Guides include the Club Guide for 
dates and venues from around the country; the 
Open Mic for live group Chat; and Samplings, a 
shortcut to the multimedia libraries found in each of 
the three main areas. Clicking here will take you 
straight to the Jukebox, Clips and Multimedia 
Emporium. 

With content like this, it follows that many folk in 


96 Boardwatch - May 1995 





the biz will want to take advantage of 
using MU to get their message to users: 
publicists, studios, gear manufacturers, 
each having the opportunity to get out 
of print and into the power of multime¬ 
dia presentations only available via 
computer and telecommunications on 
eWorld. 

Music Universe (MU)/BAM Media is at 
3470 Buskirk Avenue, Pleasant Hill, 
CA. 94523; 510-934-3700 voice; 510- 
934-3958 fax; Lorry MU§ eWorld general 
info; Bonnie MU@eworld music industry 
are; Steve MU@eworld press/publish¬ 
ing; Ed MU@eworld tools and technology, 
i.e. MIDI, pro audio and instruments. 

Other than MU and a handful of other 
semi-useful sections like SABRE and 
BMUG’s rated shareware software, 
eWorld content is for the most part not 
all that compelling. This is a shame, 
especially considering the advanced 
technical infrastructure Apple is devel¬ 
oping. Remember the bit about the “B 
Ship” in Douglas Adams’ The 
Restaurant at the End of the Universe , 
the second book in the Hitchhiker’s 
Guide to the Galaxy series ? So Arthur 
Dent and Ford Prefect run into this 
spaceship full of totally useless people 
sent off from their supposedly doomed 
home world ostensibly to colonize some 
safer planet: “Millions of them. 
Hairdressers, tired TV producers, 
insurance salesman, personnel officers, 
security guards, public relations execu¬ 
tives, management consultants, you 
name it.” 

As the captain of the B ship explained, 
“the idea was that into the first ship, A 
Ship, would go all the brilliant leaders, 
the scientists, the great artists, you 
know, all the achievers. Then in the 
third, C Ship, would go all the people 
who did actual work, who made things 
and did things, and then into the B 
Ship, that’s us, would go everyone else, 
the middlemen, you see.” While it’s 
obvious that the B Ship was sent out 
alone on an intergalactic wild-goose 
chase and good riddance, the dolts that 
run the boat were still naively waiting 
for their comrades to appear. 

Most of eWorld’s much ballyhooed 
branded content is straight off Douglas 
Adams’ B ship. Kind of like Global 
Village modems, nice front-end with 
the easy to use software but no sub¬ 
stance behind it, just post chasm mar¬ 
keting. Does the term pabulum mean 
anything to you? ‘Cause I have never 
seen such a collection of pre-chewed 
information hucksters and new age 
systems gurus anywhere: Quick 


Market Intelligence, Time Machine, 
Computer Intelligence Almanac, Job 
Search with Lee Hecht Harrison, The 
Mind Garden, Working Solo, Real/Time 
Marketing stop, I’m gonna’ barf. The 
games are a joke, too. Sorry, guys, I 
still haven’t figured out what Yoyodyne 
actually is or does and what they have 
to offer, it never really is explained 
very well at all. 

Too bad Microsoft’s network already 
has Electronic Arts creating games for 
them; now there’s a marketing team 
that knows what customers want. 
Maybe there’ll be Real/Time Marketing 
with Bill Gates now that I would pay 
for. And who needs a company like 
Apple to promote the McLaughlin 
Group and their elitist, beltway media 



mentality anyways? College Life? 
Education Coalition? There’s even a 
place for all sorts of deadbeats to find 
out how they can get a grant called the 
RSP Funding Focus. All of these places 
offer a sample of their drivel online so 
you can buy buckets of it if you want 
even more nicely packaged, low-level 
information: training videos, question¬ 
able marketing savvy from Rege baby 
and so-called reference materials. If 
anything, Friedman and company have 
set the all-time world record for lining 
the sow’s ear with silk. 

What’s worse, they make it difficult for 
vendors, who, for God knows what rea¬ 
son, want to do business with and on 
eWorld. I know of one vendor that 
applied for a spot in the section for soft¬ 
ware venders last November and was 
told every six weeks it would be just 


another couple of week. Finally in 
March, the vendor gave up on the 
effort. This, I hear, is typical of 
eWorld’s vendor customer service. Then 
Peter and his pals think they should be 
the ones to decide whether you are 
going to make money or let somebody 
else make money on your ideas, or even 
take your idea in-house themselves so 
they can make the money off it instead 
of you. Hurry-up. Slow-down. Sure, 
sign me up, let me blow a year’s worth 
of resources just so I can get hosed by 
Apple and its famous non-competitive 
relationship with third-party vendors. 

Then there’s the ergonomics. You know 
what bugs me most? I still don’t know 
where and when to click twice to make 
something happen. But that little 
inconsistency was overlooked by 
eWorld in favor of these upcoming fea¬ 
tures of the code-named “GoldenGate” 
release: Mail Assistant an agented (is 
that a word?) mail application that 
allows the users to filter incoming mail 
and automatically respond, save, for¬ 
ward or delete. Multiple Address Books 
gives the user the ability to maintain 
and manage multiple address books 
within eWorld. Speak: users can actu¬ 
ally listen to the words in a conference 
room. Using Apple’s PlainTalk technol¬ 
ogy, eWorld Speak assigns different 
voices to each conference room mem¬ 
ber, allowing the user to hear the con¬ 
ference. Auto-Open allows users to 
automatically open to a specific eWorld 
area when logging onto the service. 
Graphic Viewer allows quick and auto¬ 
matic display of graphics while down¬ 
loading from within eWorld (finally). 

ShowMovie allows users to open and 
automatically view movies that are on 
the hard disk (yours not theirs) by sim¬ 
ply using “Open” in the “File” menu. 
Compound Multi-Media Document 
Architecture allows publisher creation 
and user viewing/use of compound doc¬ 
uments integrating text graphics and 
photo images. Images are displayed at 
high speeds using progressive render¬ 
ing technology. Improved Auto- 
Registration Sequence includes better 
setup of local phone numbers and bet¬ 
ter auto-registration for foreign coun¬ 
tries. eWorld 1.1 Sounds plays simply 
feature popular eWorld sounds. Winter 
eWorld gives the user art he can use to 
change the top level eWorld Town 
Square to a Town Square Snow scene. 
Color Cursor, yessiree folks, fanciest 
drivel in town. Put on your bib and 
come and get it. ♦ 


Boardwatch - May 1995 97 






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BEGINNER’S LUCK 


by Doug Shaker 


MOTHRA TRIES TO MAKE FRIENDS 


Doug Shaker owns 
and operates The 
Smalltalk Store. He 
can be reached via 
e-mail at doug 
Hsmalltalk.com. 


He hi 




two children, three 
cats, four computers 
and five telephones. 


4 

^ aL Last month, I got my BBS running. My 
Wmt BBS is aimed at programmers using the 
computer language Smalltalk. The BBS 
is formally known as The Smalltalk Cafe, 
but among friends, we refer to the little 
monster as Mothra. I have it running now. 
What’s next? Getting users, that’s what’s next. 

When I thought about starting this thing, I posted 
messages on a few net newsgroups and on a few 
forums on CompuServe, to gauge interest. I got back 
about 100 messages saying, more or less, “Gosh, it 
sure would be fun to have something like that, but 
I’m not going to do anything to help you.” OK, fair 
enough. I had been hoping for something more like 
the old Andy Rooney-Judy Garland musicals where 
everyone approves of the idea and volunteers to do 
something helpful and useful. However, it is my 
experience that most people treat life as a spectator 
sport rather than a participatory event. A positive 
but unhelpful response was really the most likely. 

Now, four months later, I have a working BBS. I 
have spent about $5,000 and maybe 100 hours get¬ 
ting it set up and working. As soon as it started 
working, I put notices up in the same places, net- 
news and CompuServe, that I had used to poll for 
interest. I let people know I had it working and 
asked them to come contribute, post, talk, down¬ 
load, use it. 

I was hoping that a grateful public would then flock 
to the phone lines, begging for the privilege of using 
my BBS. Brilliant, literate Smalltalk programmers 
would think “Uploading, downloading, I don’t care, 
just let me on! I need it! I need the Smalltalk Cafe 
BBS now!” This was probably naive of me. Note, for 
example, that with the substitution of a few choice 
words (and all the participants), and that the dialog 
quoted above would be perfectly reasonable for a 
sexual fantasy. And about as likely to come true. 

But, gosh, I wasn’t prepared for a system that aver¬ 
aged a caller every day or so. Sigh. But the reason 
for my board’s initial lack of popularity is complete¬ 
ly obvious — no content. An empty BBS is a very, 
very, boring thing. 

I am not completely naive on this topic. I do have a 
content plan. I am planning on getting an Internet 
connection going and then collecting in one place 
the various FTP, netnews and mailing list 
resources that relate to Smalltalk. There are a lot 
more of them than most people know about and 
there is value in having them more readily avail¬ 
able. I was also planning on getting people to teach 
(and take) online Smalltalk courses. With a kind of 


grand repository of Smalltalk net resources and 
online courses, there may be enough message 
throughput to maintain a community. 

Both of these content initiatives (if I may sound like 
a self-important jerk), depend on an Internet con¬ 
nection. The net resources depend on it in an obvi¬ 
ous way. The online courses depend on it in a less 
obvious way. I need the Internet for those, so that 
my customers can telnet in, rather than pay tele¬ 
phone long-distance charges. So, getting an 
Internet connection was next on the list of things to 
do. 

Luckily, I was doing all this in February when 
Boardwatch Magazine had an article on The Little 
Garden. The Little Garden (TLG) is a cheap 
Internet provider that doesn’t mind if you resell 
your Internet connection. 

I have no plans to do any such reselling, but I 
regard prohibitions against reselling as being nox¬ 
ious and stupid. The only thing that I find compara¬ 
bly noxious and stupid is compiler producers trying 
to charge runtime fees on programs produced on 
their compilers. I am an old geezer, 44, so I remem¬ 
ber when they tried to do this with Basic on CP/M. 
The compiler folks were able to do so for a while, 
then someone (Microsoft?) abandoned runtime fees 
and all hell broke loose in the market. Within nine 
months, the one who broke ranks had all the mar¬ 
ket share and no one else was charging runtime 
fees anymore. 

I don’t know why people come up with these stupid 
ideas. Prohibiting Internet resale sounds good 
around the big table in the executive conference 
room, but it plays out as just plain stupid when the 
sales rep gets you on the phone and says “And, of 
course, we have a standard clause in our services 
contract that forbids reselling your connection.” Say 
what? Why? Are my customers’ bits too dirty for 
your modem? If you decide to go into the e-mail 
business, will you make me drop Internet e-mail as 
a service on my BBS? Forget it. Would you buy a 
car from someone who wouldn’t let you resell it? 
Well, I have no intention of buying services from 
someone who is trying to develop an Internet cartel. 
So I called up The Little Garden. 

Well, no, actually, I didn’t call them. I sent e-mail to 
info@tlg.org and got back a nice introduction to 
TLG. They have three types of connections: occa¬ 
sional SLIP connection, full-time SLIP connection 
and frame relay over a leased line. Frame relay 
over a leased line has great throughput and fast 
response. It is a bit expensive, though. Hardware 


100 


Boardwatch - May 1995 





Mothra BBS 


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of the line, another SI,000 for your 
provider’s end of the line, another 
$1,000 to get the leased line installed, 
and probably something like $2,000 for 
a cheap or used router. If you want to 
cut a corner or two, you could get a 386 
Linux box and learn how to do software 
routing under UNIX and use the Linux 
box instead of the router. That would 
bring the router cost down to about 
$800. Either way, you still have a 
monthly cost of at least $125 to the 
phone company and $150 to the 
provider and you have to pay a couple 
of months of those fees in advance. 
TLG says, quite honestly, leased line is 
only an option if you have $5,000 to 
spend on your connection, now. Not an 
accurate description of me, let me tell 
you. 

The on-demand SLIP connection is 
basically just a way of getting connect¬ 
ed to the net via modem at an hourly 
rate. The phone call from the BBS to 
the net needs to be initiated from your 
BBS. Most BBS software can initiate 
SLIP phone calls automatically, so on- 
demand SLIP is very useful for people 
logged in to your BBS. However, since 
the SLIP connection cannot be initiated 
by your Internet provider, it is useless 
if you want to use it to allow telnet 
logins or if you want to host your own 
web page. 

What TLG does that is nice is to take 
advantage of a part of the telephone 
rate structure. In most communities, 
there are types of service that allow for 
free local calls within a certain radius. 
For example, all calls from exchange 
444 to exchanges 445, 446, 448 and 965 
might be included in the basic monthly 
rate for the phone line. TLG has phone 
lines in a few places in the San 
Francisco area. If you are lucky enough 
to be able to call one of these numbers 
as a local call (i.e., free), then you can 
use a SLIP connection to get 24-hour 
connectivity to the net. TLG calls this 
modem-based service. 

TLG has a whole series of FAQ sheets 
on this stuff. I downloaded and read 
them all, gulped hard and decided to 
sign up for the modem-based connec¬ 
tion. I filled out an initial form, about a 
page or so of information, then e- 
mailed it in. This first questionnaire 
seems to have been intended to find out 
what I wanted and whether or not I 
was realistically capable of implement¬ 
ing my end of it. TLG is not a hand¬ 
holding kind of place. TLG is a group of 
folks with a direct net connection try¬ 
ing to empower others who want a net 
connection. 


I guess I passed. About a day or so 
later, I got another questionnaire, via 
e-mail, to fill out. This asked some 
more specific questions and told me I 
had to pay some money before they 
would get going with things. More 
specifically, it stated that if I were to 
mail money in at the same time that I 
e-mailed in the application, that would 
speed things up. It also said that if I 
didn’t send in some money, they would 
send me an invoice. 

My wife is an accountant, and I am a 
doofy nerd. I don’t like getting her 
upset, so I get nervous writing checks 
without an invoice. I decided to wait for 
the invoice. So I waited for a few days 
— nothing. A few more days — noth¬ 
ing. Hmmm, maybe I’ve done some¬ 
thing wrong. I called them up. It turns 
out they had stopped sending out 
invoices unless they were specifically 
requested, but they had forgotten to 
tell the rest of us about the change. 
After we figured out what had hap¬ 
pened, Tom Jennings, the head poobah 
at TLG, promised that they would 


change the e-mail and I sent them a 
check. 

Then I got back a nifty e-mail with the 
IP numbers for my domain, the phone 
number I would be connecting to, and 
the parameter's I needed to log in and 
start my SLIP connection. Neat-o! I 
called the number and it already had a 
modem on it. I logged in and it started 
up a SLIP connection! Yes! Quick and 
easy progress! 

But if you know computers, you must 
be aware that such moments are illuso¬ 
ry. Shakyamuni Buddha said that life 
is, by its nature, not satisfying, and my 
experience is that computers are defi¬ 
nitely a case in point. 

I use TSX-BBS. To get a SLIP connec¬ 
tion going with that BBS, you need to 
write a script in their C-like language, 
TPL. They provide a sample, and it was 
pretty easy to follow along in the sam¬ 
ple and create something that I 
thought should work. It didn’t though. 
It seemed to hang after asking for the 
login prompt. 


Boardwatch - May 1995 101 








When I called in by hand and did what 
I thought I was asking the CPU to do, 
it worked fine. When I called in using 
the script, it seemed to hang. I tried 
getting the script to match on the end 
of the login prompt instead of the 
beginning. I tried matching on the 
whole thing. I tried just lower case. I 
tried lots of stuff. After two hours of 
thrashing, I called S&H, the makers of 
TSX-BBS, and asked for help.. 

The support representative and I 
traced the 10 on that channel with a 
debugging Utility and he saw some¬ 
thing that seemed to indicate that TSX 
was doing something unexpected (at 
least to me) with the carriage returns 
that were part of the login dialog. Some 
were supposed to be doubled, or not 
doubled or something. In any case, we 
ended up deleting a line from the, script 
that should have been innocuous and 
everything started working fine. 

Or ait least, the script did. I then found 
Mothra started crashing all the time. 
That was weird. It seemed to be con¬ 
nected with no particular action. 

■ Sometimes it Would stay up for hours. 
Sometimes it would crash before it 
booted all the way. I called S&H 
Computers, the makers of, TSX-BBS. 
The support guys there seemed to feel 
the problem was that I had some ROM 
shadowing turned on in my system’s 
CMOS and this was contaminating the 
upper memory blocks (15Mb to 17Mb) 
on my PC. 

The contamination was probably going 
on all along,, but it wasn’t until I start¬ 
ed' to-turn on the networking utilities 
that TSX started using that memory. 
In any case, when we turned off the 
ROM shadowing, everything seemed to 
go fine for while. You never know with 
an intermittent problem, but it seemed 
OK for about a week. 

Then it crashed while a user was down¬ 
loading a file. I tried to call S&H, but 
they are. three time zones, east of me 
arid had gone home. However, there Is ' 
a nice facility in TSX that allows you to 
dump memory to a floppy from the 
debugger. I dumped my crash dump, 
over-nighted it to S&H. They called me 
early the next morning, and we spent 
about 20 minutes poking around in the 
debugger. It turned out there was a 
small bug in one network utility that 
was rewriting memory. They put 
together a fix, I FTP’d it to my system, 
installed it, and haven’t had any prob¬ 
lems since. 


Finally, today, TLG notified me that 
they were turning in the paper¬ 
work to move my domain name 
(smalltalk.com) to point at my BBS. 
A name change like this takes a few 
days to spread through the Internet, 
but by the time you read this, Mothra 
should be ping-able and telnet-able, 
Another hard-won victory! 

This story was compiled from these fol¬ 
lowing resources that I would like to 
share with the readers, so they may 
also contact the various sources for 
their own similar bulletin board adven¬ 
tures. The Little Garden, voice: 415- 
487-1902, information via e-mail auto¬ 
reply: inf o@tlg. org. TSX BBS: S and 
H Computer Systems, 615-327-3670, 
BBS: 615-320-1820, telnet or ftp: 
sandh.com. Shareware demos are 
downloadable from the BBS. 


The Smalltalk Cafe BBS, Mothra, can 
be reached by modem at 415-854-5581. 
By the time this reaches print, it may 
be reachable by telnet as the Internet 
node BBS. sm.alltalk.com. If you just 
want to look around, log in with first 
name = “boardwatch” and last name = 
“guest”. If you have a real interest in 
Smalltalk, log in as yourself. ♦ 


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R ecently, I was online in a chat 
room, with about fifteen other 
people, when one fellow started 
sending me private pages. He shot 
page after page, one being “your 
not talking” (yes “your”) finally 
explaining that he was new on the 
system and then started asking me very 
personal questions. I wasn’t really con¬ 
cerned about it, since I was using a pseudo- 
lym, but it was annoying. To make it worse 
(for me anyway) his spelling was terrible, he 
didn’t capitalize anything nor use punctuation. 
The spelling I could 
overlook, but the rest 
just grated on my 
nerves. 

But I wasn’t going to 
judge him on only a few 
sentences, so, after 
fielding a few rather 
childishly carnal ques¬ 
tions from someone 
who clamed to be in his 
late 40’s, I asked why 
he was attempting to 
get acquainted with me 
by asking sexual ques¬ 
tions? His response, 
complete with his not- 
too-charming style of 
typing was, “maybe im 
giving you the wrong 
impression that is the 
disadvantage of talking 
on line and not in per¬ 
son you cant see a per¬ 
sons eyes...” 

Oh my, did he say that 
to the wrong person. 

My response was “I dis¬ 
agree, online is an 
advantage, you aren’t using it to your advantage. 
You ask blatant stuff, when you can talk about any¬ 
thing. There is no need, here, to see one’s eyes, or 
face...it is irrelevant. Would you ask me such per¬ 
sonal things right off the bat, before getting to know 
me, if we were in person?” 


and signed off...he just wasn’t listening. Err...make 
that reading. Some people don’t listen in face to face 
encounters, and don’t read and comprehend 
online. 

My favorite “horse led to water” is my husband. 
After over a year of writing online, our in-person life 
was, in the beginning, sometimes confusing. I’d 
explained very carefully in letters to him “who I 
was” but sometimes he acted as if I were someone 
else. It all came to a head one day during a misun¬ 
derstanding...he didn’t understand why I had done 
something, and I didn’t understand why it was a 
surprise...didn’t he know 
me better than that, 
after all my e-mail to 
him? His response was 
that he read the words 
explaining what I was 
all about, but he didn’t 
think I meant it. 

There was nowhere to go 
with this situation but 
to get on with it. I asked 
if he liked who I really 
was (as opposed to who 
he thought I was regard¬ 
less of letters to the con¬ 
trary), he said yes, I said 
so, let’s go with it, okay? 
Okay, he said, and we’ve 
done great in the years 
since. Gotta love a per¬ 
son who keeps his brain 
engaged! 

Unfortunately, not 
everyone will allow for 
personal growth and dis¬ 
covery by drinking the 
water, and they contin¬ 
ue to hear, or in the case 
on cyberspace communi¬ 
cations, read what they want to, sometimes chang¬ 
ing the meaning and spirit of a message, without 
asking something like “do you mean to say...” or 
something similar, before jumping to conclusions. 
Within the past year, I had a few experiences that I 
found unsettling, and that fit into this category. 


Phyllis Phlegar 
is a graduate of 
the University of 
North Carolina at 
Chapel Hill, and also 
holds a private pilot's 
license. She is a free¬ 
lance announcer and 
her work can be 
heard on Business 
Radio Network, 
National Public Radio 
and the Armed Forces 
Radio Network. 
Phyllis’ book Love 
Online is now avail¬ 
able from Addison 
Wesley Publishing 
Company. 

Write to Phyllis, 

at XHBG67A 

on Prodigy, 

P.Phlegar on 
GEnie, Phlegar on 
Delphi, P Phlegar 
on AOL,71562,407 
on CompuServe or at 
phyllis0cris.com 
on the Internet. 


I went on to urge him to use, at least, periods, so 
that I’d know when he was done with one sentence 
and on to another. His excuse was that he didn’t 
type (as he put it) as well as I did, and continued to 
write criminally run-on sentences, full of inappro¬ 
priate personal queries. Soon after, I excused myself 


In one case, someone wrote and asked me if I would 
agree to be interviewed for a book she was working 
on. I told her that I would need to talk to my pub¬ 
lishers first and see what they thought about it. 
Then I went on to say that I’d like to know more 
about her earlier works, and what her latest effort 


104 Boardwatch - May 1995 






was all about. It sounded interesting, 
and I wanted to know more. I never 
said that I wouldn’t agree to be inter¬ 
viewed and made it very plain that I 
was not only interested in her new 
book, but who she was and more about 
her as a person and as a writer. 

She wrote back right away, not to tell 
me more about the book, but to inquire 
as to why couldn’t she interview me? 
She went on to say that she didn’t want 
to have to use material without my 
permission even though legally she 
could, and she quoted the law allowing 
her to do so. She seemed to be half beg¬ 
ging, half demanding and unaware 
that I had not turned her down, only 
asked that she wait until I got permis¬ 
sion. I didn’t like the whole tone of her 
letter and wondered how good she was 
at interviewing. But I decided why not 
give her another chance. 

After a short time, I got permission to 
be interviewed and wrote back telling 
her the good news. I asked if she would 
please conduct the interview online, so 
that I could make a log of it myself. It’s 
been over six months, and I haven’t 
heard back from her yet. 

But the strangest and most frightening 
misreading of messages was one 
exchange I had with the sysop of a spe¬ 
cialty bbs. At the time I was still col¬ 
lecting information for my book Love 
Online. I was gathering threads to 
demonstrate the varied subject matter 
a person could find on a bbs. 

Each time I went on a bbs, I’d always 
talk to the sysop and tell him or her 
that I was writing a book and looking 
for information, and that I would not 
use any material if they didn’t want me 
too. Some of you may be wondering 
why I bothered to ask and may think of 
me as ridiculously polite. Many of the 
sysops did too, explaining that I didn’t 
have to ask for permission, and then, 
they’d give me all sorts of extra time on 
their boards and let me into pay areas 
for free. 

One Sunday afternoon, I logged onto a 
bbs in another state; I’ll call it “Mr X’s 
bbs.” I registered, gave them the usual 
personal information and was told I 
now had 45 minutes of time online. I 
checked out the public messages and 
opened a log to collect a few, and when 
I was done I wrote a private note to the 
sysop. Here is the private note I wrote: 

“Hello! I am under contract with a pub¬ 
lisher to write a how-to book about 
online communications. One chapter is 


devoted exclusively to bulletin boards. 
Would you mind if I used a few of the 
threads from this board in my book? I 
will remove all last names and any¬ 
thing else personal — geographic refer¬ 
ences will be made more general. I 
realize that since this is a public board, 
that there is no real need to ask this, 
but I still think you might want some 
input. Today, I got everything I will 
need, so I will log back on later in a day 
or so and see what you have to say...” 

I also told him I wrote for Boardwatch 
Magazine and gave him my Internet 
address. I logged back on a few days 
later to see if the sysop minded if I 
used any material for the book. He 
minded, all right, he minded very much 
and attributed a few extra personality 
traits to me that I didn’t know I had. 
Here is his public reply to my private 
message part of which he made public 
in his post: 


PP: “...I realize that since this is a pub¬ 
lic board, that there is no real need to 
ask 
this...” 

X: “So what you are saying is that you 
will use material from my board for 
your book whether I like it or not. Why 
bother to ask me then if you are so sure 
of your legal grounds? People who use 
this bulletin board are my guests. Do 
you go into other people’s homes and 
help yourself to whatever interests 
you? Well you are most emphatically 
NOT welcome to use material from the 
messages on this board for your book. 
Unless of course we can reach some 
agreement on revenue sharing, per¬ 
haps? Heh, heh, I thought not...Please 
go somewhere else and steal your 
material.” 

I was shocked; I couldn’t believe that 
my letter could elicit such a response. 
Why didn’t he ask me privately what 
my intentions were? What was the 
point of making it public? How could he 
jump to so many negative conclusions 
about me without first trying to clarify 
what was going on? I tried to reply but 
soon got the message that my time was 
up. 

My time was up?! That was not 45 
minutes. Later, I checked my long dis¬ 
tance phone log and it showed 10 min¬ 
utes. He’d not only misunderstood me, 
he’d taken one sentence out of context 
for all to see and then downgraded my 
status. Or perhaps I’d been twitfiled 
and couldn’t access the public mes¬ 
sages anyway. The best idea seemed to 
be just to ignore the whole thing. Then 


I received this letter a few days later 
through the Internet: 

“Ms. Phlegar, I’m a communicant on 
Mr. X’s bbs as well as a staff writer on 
(a really large newspaper in one of the 
country’s largest metropolitan areas). 
As you’ve probably read by now, I made 
so bold as to involve myself in your 
exchange with Mr. X. At first, I was 
puzzled by the vehemence of his 
response to you but have since come to 
understand and agree with his posi¬ 
tion. 

“As a fellow journalist, I share your 
attitude that we have a right to pick up 
stuff that’s lying out there in public. As 
a longtime bbser, I also appreciate the 
effort and expense Mr. X has put into 
X bbs, and can see why he was offend¬ 
ed by your casual assertion that what’s 
his is yours.” 

“I believe that a more tactfully phrased 
request would elicit his permission; I 
hope you won’t use anything from Mr. 
X’s bbs over his objection. Regards, 
Mr. Biggie Newspaper Staff Writer” 

Wasn’t that special. Now I was being 
gently scolded for actions I didn’t take 
and wouldn’t take by someone who 
thought I was following all this on Mr. 
X’s bbs, apparently no one knew that 
my status had been downgraded. 

I have not, and won’t be logging onto 
Mr. X’s bbs again. While it was my 
fear of appearing foolish that may have 
given him the wrong first impression, 
why didn’t he ask if I intended to 
“steal” his stuff? Instead he publicly 
passed judgment on me. I had to won¬ 
der if he was now reading my column 
in Boardwatch, one in which I try to 
help and inform people, not hurt them, 
certainly not “steal” from anyone. 

But I suppose Mr. X could read every 
column I’d ever written and, Love 
Online, my now published book with 
positive information about people and 
bbs’s, and he would probably still not 
“drink the water.” 

I complained to my sister about all this 
and she remarked, “For some people, 
being online is just a quicker and more 
efficient way to be a jerk...and imagine 
the audience potential.” ♦ 


Boardwatch - May 1995 105 



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DELPHI 


by Walt Howe 


DELPHI FREE TRIAL EXTENDED TO 10 HOURS 


Wall Howe is the 
Internet Special 
Interest Group 
Manager on 
DELPHI. He 
has sysoped 
for several 
BBSs including 
the old Source 
network, 
CompuServe, 
and Delphi. Over 
the last four years 
he co-authored 
with Steve Lambert 
Internet Basics. 
Your Online 
Access to the 
Global Electronic 
Superhighway, 
available in most 
bookstores. Walt 
has also written a 
number of user 
manuals for 
various computer 
companies, includ¬ 
ing Delphi. Walt 
can be reached by 
e-mail as walthowe 
©delphi.com. A five 
hour free Delphi 
membership is 
available by dialing 
(800) 695-4002 by 
modem and using 
the password 
INTERNETSIG 


I n early March, Delphi unexpect¬ 
edly announced that henceforth 
all free trial offers would be for 10 
hours instead of five, even if the advertise¬ 
ment, flyer or promotion being responded to 
said only five hours. This applies to new members 
only. Former members are not eligible for the offer. 
This is a welcome move, because five hours is not 
very long to learn a new text interface and even 
begin to learn ways to get around the very complex 
Internet. And even though Delphi will soon be acti¬ 
vating their Netscape server for graphical Web 
access, this type of access cannot do everything on 
the nets. Easy interface or not, there is still much to 
learn to get beyond the surface and find the depths 
that are available. 

To take advantage of the 10-hour free trial, dial 
(800)695-4002 by modem. Use the password INTER¬ 
NETSIG or other passwords from printed advertise¬ 
ments. A credit card is necessary for this method of 
sign-up. Other options are available by calling 
(800)695-4005 voice. 

MANAGEMENT CHANGES 

One of the signs of major changes coming in DEL¬ 
PHI was sweeping changes made in top manage¬ 
ment during the past few months. This was perhaps 
inevitable after a transitional period of time after 
News Corp. bought DELPHI in November 1993. 
Gone are such names as Dan Bruns, the former 
President of DELPHI and General Manager, and 
Vice President Rusty Williams, who had the most 
public presence of the senior management. Their 
vision transformed DELPHI from a quiet fifth 
ranked online service known for its friendly commu¬ 
nities of people and low evening prices to a rapidly 
growing leader in Internet services. 

The new management team still includes a few 
holdovers from the old organization, but their lives 
will never be the same. New President Alan Baratz, 
who developed worldwide networking for IBM, has 
brought together an aggressive and experienced 
group of industry leaders. The central management 
is moving from Cambridge, Massachusetts to the 
New York City area for better proximity to current 
and future corporate partners. The operation of the 
online service remains in Cambridge, Massachusetts 
at least for the time being. 

The commitment to future growth can be seen in 
DELPHI’S lead advertisement in the New York 
Times Sunday Business section of March 25th, 


where 17 different job positions were offered. DEL¬ 
PHI was advertising for HTML Web Page 
Developers, an Internet Standards Expert, 
Managers of Promotions, Special Events, Trade 
Shows, Software Engineers, Database Developers, 
Research Managers and lots more. 

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT 

President Alan Baratz sent a message to the entire 
membership on March 17th, introducing himself, 
telling about changes in DELPHI, and giving a look 
into the future. His words included this: 

“We just signed an agreement with Netscape 
Communications, licensing their much-heralded 
Netscape Navigator and Netsite Commerce Server 
software. For you, this will mean easy access to the 
richest resources and most innovative services on 
the ‘Net. It will also help us deliver a new, totally 
graphical-based platform. Netscape Navigator and 
Netsite Server software will bring secure communi¬ 
cations and industry-leading performance to this 
new platform.” 

He went on to describe new members of the manage¬ 
ment team and the roles they would play in the 
months to come as DELPHI introduces its new plat¬ 
form. He also spoke of worldwide expansion, build¬ 
ing beyond the present DELPHI UK that was 
recently introduced. Parent News Corp. is already 
well positioned to help expand the services through¬ 
out Europe and into the Pacific Rim. 

Baratz promised regular communications with the 
membership will follow. 

SECURE WEB 
COMMUNICATIONS 

One of the most significant things in Alan Baratz’ 
words above was the mention of “secure communica¬ 
tions.” Netscape and other Mosaic companies are 
scurrying to perfect secure encryption as part of the 
basic Web browser package. For business to be 
accomplished across this medium, security must be 
total, and Internet communications at present are 
anything but secure. The press has reported the 
ease with which such hackers as Kevin Mitnick 
have penetrated Internet sites. Mitnick was report¬ 
ed to have retrieved 20,000 credit card numbers 
from an Internet provider. DELPHI has been fortu¬ 
nate in the greater security of VMS platforms and a 
good technical crew to oversee that it remains that 
way. But the new Netscape software will probably 
run under UNIX, not VMS. 


110 Boardwatch - May 1995 




Even if the platform is secure, there is 
little security when linked to remote 
sites via the Internet. Typically, a con¬ 
nection will be relayed between 10 to 
25 different sites, any of which is a 
potential site for a security leak. The 
only answer that will satisfy this prob¬ 
lem is secure and seamless encryption 
of personal and financial information. 
Without it, the conduct of business 
across the nets will be severely limited. 
Many individuals who are concerned 
now use PGP software, but that isn’t 
the answer for running a business. 
Better answers are on the way. 

GOPHER/NAVIGATOR 

IMPROVEMENTS 

Another innovation has been quietly 
introduced to the Special Interest 
Groups and Custom Forums as a step 
to prepare for future posture. The 
Gopher and Usenet software has had 
new capabilities added to it, so that all 
forms of Internet access from FTP to 
Gopher to Telnet to newsgroups to 
World Wide Web can be integrated into 
subject menus. Submenu capabilities 
have been added, previously only found 
in the Internet SIG. And instead of 
specifying links to resources through 
Gopher link format, the new software 
permits using Uniform Resource 
Locator (URL) links, which are the 
basis of World Wide Web pages. SIG 
and Forum hosts have been encouraged 
to learn and use the new forms, an 
obvious skill needed for developing 
Web pages in the near future. They are 
also being encouraged to integrate 
Usenet newsgroup menus into the 
Navigator, too. All these things togeth¬ 
er permit a new design for subject orga¬ 
nized areas, and make it much easier 
to transition to a graphical Web based 
model in the future. The portion of 
links in the Navigator menus that are 
devoted to World Wide Web sites is 
rapidly rising, and it will not be long 
before the Web links will out number 
the Gopher links, reflecting the trends 
on the Internet itself. 

The Navigator’s current biggest weak¬ 
ness is the lack of an integrated forms 
browser for Web access. Many Web 
sites expect you to be able to “fill in the 
blanks” on a screen for such things as 
using Web 

keyword search capabilities or filling 
out a questionnaire. To do this now 
requires telneting to another site that 
offers public access to Lynx software, a 
forms capable text browser. While it is 


easy enough to build Navigator point¬ 
ers to Lynx sites, it is then up to the 
user to type in a URL to connect to a 
site that requires forms support. It 
requires a degree of expertise of the 
user that shuts out all those who 
haven’t learned those skills. It will be 
solved by the new interface, when it is 
ready, but it would be very useful to 
have the built-in forms capabilities for 
the present and future text-only-users. 
Lynx software is available and will run 
on DELPHI’S current platforms, but 
DELPHI engineers who have looked 
into it hint of bugs that will cause prob¬ 
lems in large scale use and perhaps 
some security problems, too. 

NEW CUSTOM FORUMS IN MARCH 


Forum 367 - The Cyberkitchen (OPEN) 

Forum 435 - AADP (OPEN) 

Forum 129 - Basic/Visual Basic GROT¬ 
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Forum 203 - Flea Markets & Etc 
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Forum 108 - Wheels Down (OPEN) 


Forum 441 - Tomi and Creationism 
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Forum 195 - +Addvocacy (OPEN) 

Forum 417 - International Police 
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Forum 412 - Singles Online! (APPLI¬ 
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PRODIGY 


by Ric Manning 


CELEBRITY ONLINE APPEARANCES 


Ric Manning writes 
about computers 
and technology for 
The CourierJouma! 
in Louisville, KY. 
His weekly column 
on consumer 
electronics is 
syndicated through 
the Gannett News 
Service. Ric reads 
his e-mail at 
ricman@iglou.com 
on the Internet, 
and USJM92A on 
Prodigy. 


aybe you missed the online ses¬ 
sion with Geraldo Rivera in 
which he confessed to being a virgin in cyber¬ 
space. “Be gentle,” he implored the crowd in 
Prodigy’s Chat room. Rivera was among a steady 
stream of celebrities, media personalities, authors 
and assorted hucksters who field member questions 
almost every night. If you miss the live sessions, you 
can JUMP CHAT TRANSCRIPTS to read tran¬ 
scripts of the conversations. What you’ll find when 
you JUMP are celebrities fielding an array of 
squishy softball questions. When the guests are 
online, they can preview incoming questions and 
decide which ones they want to answer. 

When actor Louis Gossett Jr. was online recently, he 
was happy to tell participants about his favorite 
movie roles and to plug his next project. But he 
never got around to answering a question about the 
negative stereotypes of Arabs in his Iron Eagle 
films. However, celebrities do occasionally have 
something interesting or clever to say when they’re 
online and I’ve saved you the trouble of combing 
through Prodigy’s transcripts to look for the good 
stuff. Let us start with a controversial television fig- 


Hacker 79: Robert what was it like being a member 
of such a legendary band like LED ZEPLIN? 


Plant: If it’s so legendary, why don’t you spell the 
name correctly? PS. At times, it was cool. 


LAWYER AND LEGAL SCHOLAR ALAN 
DERSHOWITZ 

Derm: If you find out your client is guilty during the 
trial what do you do? 

Dershowitz: That is precisely the theme of The 
Advocate’s Devil (his new novel). You can’t leave the 
case. You can’t blow the whistle on the client. And 
you can’t defend him as if he didn’t do it. It’s one of 
the most difficult dilemmas an ethical lawyer faces. 
Read The Advocate’s Devil for the answer. 

Johnny Blue: Is the American legal system really 
controlled by who has the most money and influ¬ 
ence? 

Dershowitz: No. The prosecution always has the 
most money and influence. They never run out of 
resources. They have 100s of lawyers and unlimited 
investigators. Even the wealthiest defendant is no 
match for the prosecution, but at least a wealthy 
defendant has a chance to question the prosecution’s 
investigation and forensic case, whereas the poor 
defendants don’t have the resources to do that. 


TALK SHOW HOST GERALDO RIVERA 

MerdeSheRote: Do you see much of Kurt Vonnegut 
these days, and what is his attitude toward all the 
OJ broohaha? 

Rivera: I honor and respect my former father-in-law 
more than I can possibly say, but we have been 
estranged since the publication of my autobiography 
back in 1991. 

Blueprint: Geraldo, how did you feel when you could 
not find anything of value from A1 Capone’s vault? 

Rivera: Like a donkey’s ass. 

ROCKERS JIMMY PAGE AND ROBERT PLANT 

QWARTZ: Will you be donating any “artifacts” to the 
Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland? 

Plant: Yes — my memory cells from 1969. 


MILITARY ANALYST COL. DAVID HACKWORTH 

Legend Viper: What is Mr. Hackworth’s opinion on 
the military spending today? 

Hackworth: The USA spends an average of 300 bil¬ 
lion a year on toys and boys and spies and lies span¬ 
ning the globe...we spend more than the rest of the 
world combined...such massive spending places an 
unacceptable burden on the U.S. economy and sad¬ 
dles the nation with a military force that is far too 
powerful for the challenges that they face. The mili¬ 
tary desperately needs reforming. 

Fla Kid: Col. Hackworth, Why do you believe in more 
defense cuts ? 

Hackworth: Because the U.S. military is organized for 
the wrong war. They’re still basically structured as 
they were for World War II. We must prepare our 
military for the 21st Century. The weapon of the 
future will not be the cannon; it will be the microchip. 


112 Boardwatch - May 1995 





DR. BERNIE KATZ, HOST OF 
LUNCHTIME THERAPY 

ErinDorsit: I had a dream; I am in a car 
with my mother and sister. We are 
warned about a pit in the road but my 
sister does not see it; she drives us 
right in. We fall but land in a parking 
lot. I hear God’s voice leading us. He 
says I opened my mind quickly to this 
(accepting). I try to heal my mother 
who can’t walk. He says let the expert 
do it. She is young again. He leads us 
all, but I am left behind...I am not reli¬ 
gious (but I believe in God) what could 
this dream mean? 

Katz: Erin, The dream suggests that 
there is difficulty in the relationship 
between you and your mother and sis¬ 
ter. You are trying to correct the situa¬ 
tion but you keep falling into the same 
conflicts and arguments again and 
again. You may feel some guilt as to 
the cause which is why you are left 
behind. The image of God suggests that 
a part of you sees a man, maybe a 
father or boyfriend, as the rescuer of 
women, but not of you. 

ACTOR MARTIN 
LANDAU 

JDJD: Mr. Landau, In the course of 
researching your role of Mr. Lugosi, 
what was the most surprising thing 
you learned about him? 

Landau: How talented he was. There’s a 
film entitled Bela Lugosi Meets the 
Brooklyn Gorilla, which, with all due 
respect to Ed Wood, is probably the 
worst film I’ve ever seen. Even in that 
context, Lugosi portrays his mad scien¬ 
tist with a plumb (sic), dignity and 
amazing presence and intensity. I 
became his number one fan. 

TELEVISION HOST ED MCMAHON 

GREENDAY999: so...ed where are my 
10 million dollars? 


McMahon: I heard this morning that 
you came in second. 

Meliisa: Ed...Are you a womanizer? 

McMahon: No. I don’t have the equip¬ 
ment. 

WagonMaster: Hi Ed, of all of the years 
on the Tonight Show, what do you con¬ 
sider to be your funniest moment? 

McMahon: Probably the night the dog 
left me in an Alpo commercial, and 
Johnny came in on his hands and 
knees and ate the dog food, licked my 
hand, and wagged his rear end in plea¬ 
sure. 

SANTA CLAUS 

ENGINE 5: Would you be able to help 
my friend by granting her a wish of 
money? 

Claus: Dear Engine 5 - Santa makes 
toys, not money. It’s against the law to 
make money! Ho Ho Ho. 

Ullysses: What would happen if I put a 
fire in the fireplace on Christmas Eve? 

Claus: I’d need new pants Ho Ho Ho. 

ACTOR WILLIAM SHATNER 

FlynnClu: In interviews I’ve seen with 
other Star Trek cast members, I get the 
impression that the relationships 
between cast members were somewhat 
tenuous. Is this the case? 

Shatner: It’s hard to answer for any¬ 
body else, but as far as I’m concerned, 
I’m very fond of everybody in the cast, 
some more than others. Leonard Nimoy 
and I are the best of friends and see 
each other frequently. This is not the 
case with some of the other cast mem¬ 
bers. But my feeling is they are busy 
selling their books and forgetting what 
really happened. 


Cornett: Was the cast of Star Trek just 
too old to keep up with the series? 

Shatner: No, just too expensive. 

Cornett: What was your most favorite 
episode? 

Shatner: June Wilson, who was 16 and 
I was 12. 

GAME SHOW HOST ALEX TREBEK 

Frappl: Alex, is there any truth to the 
allegations of your show being fixed? 

Trebek: Absolutely not. That accusation 
was made by a former employee follow¬ 
ing problems he had experienced with 
the Writers Guild and the terms of his 
separation from Jeopardy Prods. The 
publishers of the book he wrote sent us 
a letter of apology, acknowledging they 
had doubts about what he had written 
and withdrew the book from publica¬ 
tion. 

MEMBERS OF THE ROCK BAND 
AEROSMITH 

Aerochick: Where did the song Dude 

(looks like a lady) come from-what 

inspired those lyrics? 

Steven Tyler: Dear Aerochick, I was 
hanging out with Motley Crue and I 
was “duded” to death. That mixed with 
Eddie Murphy’s portrayal of a gay Mr. 
T had us all rolling on the floor. And, 
voila — Dude Looks like a lady... 

EFF: What’s the best come-on line from 
a groupie that you’ve ever heard? 

Tyler: Nice bum, where’ya from? ♦ 


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Lenny Bailes is 
a PC consultant, 
writer and teacher 
living in the San 
Francisco Bay 
Area. He is a 
contributing editor 
for Microtimes, 
a California 
computing 
magazine, and 
co-author of 
Byte’s DOS 
Programmer’s 
Cookbook. 


LOOKING INTO GEnie 

(he most morbidly-fas¬ 
cinating material to 
be found on GEnie this 
month is authored by rising 
media star Newt Gingrich. It is available 
(ironically enough) in the Public Forum for 
NonProfit communications (PF-NPC, Page 545). 
The PF library contains transcripts of the televised 
history lectures that earned Gingrich over $150,000 
of free commercial air time. There’s also a copy of 
the outline for Gingrich’s PhD dissertation. 

Reading the material, you can trace the Newt-ton- 
ian devolution from a well-meaning liberal to a 
Darwinian avatar of Scrooge McDuck. 1972: “The 
Belgians never understood the realities of change in 
postwar Africa. Even more significantly, they never 
understood the relationship between economic mod¬ 
ernization, which they favored, and social and polit¬ 
ical modernization, which they opposed.” 1994: “If 
you want Americans to change, change the incen¬ 
tives. If we said: we’ll pay $1,000 to every first grad¬ 
er who can read the day they walk into school, you 
would be at 95 or 98 percent literacy within two 
years like that.” 


The Gingrich Collection in the PF Archive also 
includes an impressive reading list of works by 
James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Alexis de 
Tocqueville and Alvin Toffler. No mention is made 
of the Nazi Sex-Kitten pulp novel that Gingrich had 
William Fortschen write for him back in the ‘80s, 
nor of the rumors for Gingrich’s up-and-coming col¬ 
laboration with a well-known sci-fi militarian 
(whose name Boardwatch readers should easily 
guess.) 



The latest news from GEnie Internet Postmaster, 
Andrew Finkenstadt, is that the text-based Gopher 
utility will be ready for open-beta testing online by 
the end of March. In the meantime, if you’ve 
already got Internet access through another service 
provider, you might be interested in checking out 
GEnie’s (and Andy’s) pages on the World Wide 
Web. You can find the GEnie homepage at 
http://www.genie.com, while Andy’s personal 
page is at http://www.genie.net.user/home- 
page.html. Although at the time of this writing 
the GEnie gopher can’t be accessed internally by 
members, it can be browsed on the Web or through 
a third-party dial-up account (at 
Gopher. genie. com). 

Peggy Herrington, the editor of GEnie’s Livewire 
magazine, announced this month that a Windows 
multimedia edition will soon be available, along 
with the DOS, Macintosh, Amiga and Apple IIGS 
versions. Livewire typically includes announce¬ 
ments of upcoming events for each month, together 
with personal profiles of active GEnie personalities, 
and spotlights on selected round table happenings. 
This month’s issue focuses on Home Office 
Computing and Shareware. 



With the April 15 tax deadline looming large in all 
our lives, the Home Office RT (Page 370) is holding 
nightly conferences where small entrepreneurs may 
chat about various strategic issues. The Tax RT 
(Page 1,040) is holding weekly Tax Help clinics on 
Wednesday evenings. 

If you’re going CD hunting and want some ideas for 
good titles, you may want to check out the capsule 
reviews sponsored by GEnie’s Music Roundtable 
(CAPSULE). This section of GEnie is updated on a 
weekly basis, and currently covers titles ranging 
from Henri Mancini to Tripmaster Monkey. The 
reviews are edited by Music RT Sysop Steven 
McDonald, and are pitched at an evocative descrip- 


114 Boardwatch - May 1995 













tion of contents, rather than critical 
pronouncements. 

The Capsule Review page also includes 
video release summaries, a miscella¬ 
neous listing of comic book trade paper¬ 
backs and computer/multimedia titles. 
I looked for a review of Bob Dylan’s 
new Highway 61 Interactive CD but 
didn’t find it. (I’m hoping that some 
dedicated Dylan fan will review the CD 
and publish a cheat sheet. This would 
spare music fans the necessity of 
mouse-clicking on every pixel on the 
off-chance of launching a studio demo. 

GEnie is currently touting its Windows 
‘95 News Center as the place to go if 
you want to track the latest and great¬ 
est developments in the advent of the 
GUI that ate Chicago (Winnews, Page 
95). Actually, considering that GEnie 
is not the home of the Microsoft beta 
test program, they’ve done a fairly 
good job. The news releases for the 
latest Win 95 builds are updated 
regularly, and the entire Win 95 
Resource Kit can be downloaded in 
a later version than the 
Microsoft’s “official” Beta CD. 

The level of technical discussion in 
bulletin board messages here is not 
as sophisticated as on the 
CompuServe Beta forum, but dis¬ 
cussion topics are populated by 
active Win ‘95 beta testers — who 
are doing a fine job of fielding 
questions asked by non-Beta par¬ 
ticipants. The Win 95 software library 
(Page 95) includes several Win95 sam¬ 
ple applications, some good 32-bit 
Internet utilities and lots of official 
Microsoft PR material. 

The Microsoft Press RT (MSPRESS, 
Page 960) includes discussion areas for 
all Microsoft products, focusing mainly 
on books. Both Microsoft authors and 
editors are participants in the 
MSPRESS BBS area, providing a good 
opportunity for readers to offer feed¬ 
back and suggestions about what they 
like/don’t like about various Microsoft 
publications and products. 

And while we’re on the subject of 
Windows, the regular Windows RT 
Software Library (Page 1335) includes 
several good diagnostic utilities. 
WinTune (WT20. ZIP) performs a series 
of tests on your CPU, disk, video card 
and memory, delivering a graphic 
benchmark report and advisory tips for 
optimizing your Windows configura¬ 


tion. Win Sleuth (wsleuth.zip) can 
display detailed information about your 
video/disk configuration as well as sta¬ 
tistics on Windows resources. And for 
one last bit of Microsoft news, the 
Microsoft RT Library (Page 505) cur¬ 
rently has the MS Access 2.0 Service 
Pack available for download. 

This month, GEnie is also linking 
twenty-seven conference areas to a cel¬ 
ebration of Native American culture. 
The February 11 issue of Wotanging 
Ikche ,the Internet Native American 
Newsletter, reports that recently in 
Tempe, Arizona: 

“The Native American 

Communications Council, Inc. 
(“NACC”) was established for the pur- 
poseof developing a Native owned and 
operated electronic network hub. The 
development of a Native Internet ser¬ 


vice will ensure that Native people will 
have full and easy access to computer 
based telecommunications, relevant to 
their specific needs. 

“While there are a few Native 
American operated bulletin board sys¬ 
tems, and user groups offering online 
services, basic telecommunications 
infrastructure remains severely lack¬ 
ing in Native America. There are cur¬ 
rently 550 federally recognized 
American Indian tribes and Alaskan 
Native villages in the United States; 
only two, however have any significant 
connection to or presence on the 
Internet. As of December 1994, only a 
few of the twenty-eight Native con¬ 
trolled colleges were connected to the 
Internet.” 

The NACC, founded by five knowledge¬ 
able workers of Native American 
descent, seeks to develop a Native 
owned and operated telecommunica¬ 
tions network to provide Native people 


with full and easy access to information 
stored on the NACC server. The cre¬ 
ators of the organization also hope to 
develop an interactive Internet net¬ 
work of services and programs to pro¬ 
vide access to information resources, 
distances learning, grant opportunities, 
legal issues, health issues, professional 
job opportunities and to educate Native 
Americans about the “possibilities and 
resources of the Information 
Superhighway.” Contacts: Tamera 
Crites Shanker and Victoria Bracewell 
Short (NACC@aol. com). 

GEnie’s celebration of Native American 
culture will include spirituality discus¬ 
sions in The Philosophy and Religion 
RTs, Native American Cooking in the 
East RT, Native American Skylore in 
the Space & Science RT, Native 
American Medicines in the Chemistry 
RT, Native American Music in the 
Music RT, Native American Heroes 
in Romantic Fiction in the 
Romance Fiction RT, and “Indian 
Stereotypes in Comic Books” in the 
Comics RT. A series of digitized 
Native American art pieces in mul¬ 
timedia GIF format can be down¬ 
loaded from the Multimedia RT 
Library (Page 2,000, files 1196- 
1198). The music that accompa¬ 
nies the gallery display was com¬ 
posed by the artists. (You’ll find 
one or two of the paintings floating 
around this column.) 

Wotanging Ichke can be down¬ 
loaded from the East and West RTs 
(Pages 1,470 and 1,065) in ASCII or 
zipped formats. It contains reports of 
current events, philosophical discus¬ 
sions and good poems, such as this one: 

Coyote Morning 

by Turtle Heart, turtle@soft21. s21 
.com (Ahnishinabeg) 

Old men 

and old coyote dogs 

boil their dreams in the sun 

served steaming within a bowl 

filled with shadows 

rolling sticks onto the ground 

and making wild songs 

while they smack their lips 

and spit out the dust 

blown in by the winds 

nameless 

and place-less 

but hard to ignore 

Tobacco Indian ♦ 



Boardwatch - May 1995 115 



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ADDING LANES ON AOL’s INFORMATION ROADWAY 




Dave Tennant 
is an 
Economics 
and English 
Instructor in 
Southern 
California. 
He can be 
reached on 
America Online 
at “Dtennan” or 
on the Internet 
at dtennan@eis. 
calstate.edu 


Seeing growth on the Internet as an opportunity 
and not a threat, America Online (NASDAQ: 
AMER) is set to introduce two new (albeit late) 
ways of accessing its service. AOL’s WEB Browser 
should be available online sometime this month, 
while AOLnet, currently in beta test, is available 
now to provide speeds of up to 28.8 baud. 
Moreover, following in the footsteps of other service 
providers, AOL will also introduce Navigator, a 
monthly magazine aimed at providing users with 
information about the services, features and news 
available on the utility. 


AOL is late to the 
game with getting 
its much anticipat¬ 
ed Web browser 
online. Especially 
since Prodigy cur¬ 
rently offers one 
and CompuServe 
introduced their 
browser last month. 

CompuServe pur- 
chased Spry 
(Internet in a Box) 
and got a jump on 
0 L 

ivertheless, 

AOL’s browser may 
just be worth the wait to subscribers, because it will 
be the first to integrate with the online service fea¬ 
tures. AOL subscribers will be able to interact 
effortlessly with WWW, FTP, Gopher and AOL ser¬ 
vices simultaneously. Using recently acquired 
BookLink’s HTML standard, which will give AOL 
the ability to provide users the same easy-to-use 
interface to access the full suite of Internet tools. If 
you don’t want to wait, though you might also want 
to look for the AOL Web site, which should soon be 
available at http://www.blue.aol.ccam (AOL is still 
shaking some bugs out at present time). 


February and hopefully has resolved the e-mail 
issues. With regard to the high speed access ques¬ 
tion, here’s what one finds when you keyword HIGH 
SPEED or ACCESS. 


AOL has purchased Advanced Network and 
Services Inc. (ANS), an Internet service provider, to 
increase access lines to the Internet now serviced by 
AOL’s longtime provider, Sprintnet. AOL is present¬ 
ly beta testing this new avenue into the service, a 
method, which provides direct Internet access to 
AOL through their new service AOLnet (available 
for both Windows and Macintosh). AOLnet will 
give the user faster, and according to sources, a 
more reliable connection process. Any subscriber 
can be a beta tester (if it is still in test at the time of 
publication). Keyword HIGH SPEED, ACCESS or 
AOLnet and download the program. Be sure to 
read your modem 
manual for specific 
settings. Also, be 
sure to click 
DOWNLOAD NOW 
and not DOWN¬ 
LOAD LATER, 
because you will 
save charges for 
downloading from 
the free area. Sub¬ 
scribers will still be 
able to access 
Sprintnet or other 
networks from 
their setup selec¬ 
tions. What is per¬ 
haps the best news 
is that AOL isn’t going to charge an extra premium 
for using faster access lines the way some other 
online services do. One of the negatives is that dur¬ 
ing the upgrade process, the program only transfers 
500K of the artwork available in your old version. 
Consequently, every new area that you regularly 
visit will have to be updated with the new art. It’s 
a hassle and AOL is aware of it but at least you’re 
downloading at faster access speeds. AOL men¬ 
tioned in some of their literature that they are 
thinking of putting all the artwork in the free area. 


W ith a Little Help from 
Their Friends, America 
Online is getting help from 
new business allies and giving 
help to subscribers, as well. 


Criticism has been leveled at AOL, of late, for the 
slowness in it’s e-mail system, and the lack of high 
speed access ports to cities around the nation. The 
e-mail problem is understandable given the terrific 
growth the service has experienced in just two short 
years. AOL went through a system upgrade in 


Some users have reported that while they are con¬ 
nected at 28.8 bps, the file transfer information 
shows only 9600 bps. Check the number in step 
three in the connection process to make sure the 
connection is at 28.8 bps, regardless of what the file 
information says, and the transfer rate will be at 


118 Boardwatch - May 1995 













this number. Meanwhile, AOL is also 
working on a fix for the readout error. 

Game players are also having problems 
as well with such AOL offerings as 
Neverwinter Nights and the Casino if 
AOLnet is used as the network carrier. 
AOL suggests clicking on Beginners’ 
Corner in the Casino (keyword CASI¬ 
NO). Hopefully, the inclusion of the 
ANS will allow for higher speed access 
points for AOL players. 

AOL’S NAVIGATOR 


issues and articles. Time has just re- 
upped with AOL, and the New York 
Times has just finished revamping its 
look so they are — as always — worth 
checking out. 


Next month AOL’s subsidiary 
Communications Inc. will launch 
Navigator in June, a “lifestyle maga¬ 
zine” for AOL multimedia enthusiasts. 
The magazine is touted as another way 
for subscribers to find whatever they 
are looking for on America Online. 
AOL sources stated in a press release 
that Navigator will have 500,000 ini¬ 
tial copies made 
on a quarterly 
basis until the 
publication finds 
its pace, when it 
will become a 
monthly maga¬ 
zine. This 
will be a welcome 
edition for many 
of the over two 
million sub¬ 
scribers, who are 
currently signed 
on to AOL, but 
need more infor¬ 
mation about 

how to use its wide array of services. 
The question will be whether members 
will want to pay an extra fee for a sub¬ 
scription to the magazine. At present 
time, no figures were available on the 
subscription price. Still, with AOL soon 
to bring out its new fully integrated 
Internet service, there will be more to 
the AOL product to explore and 
Navigator will help AOL keep its ease- 
of-use reputation. 

Speaking of magazines, AOL has added 
a few more to their already rich collec¬ 
tion and thanks to their updated multi 
media software, the magazines look 
better than ever. Entertainment 
Week, The Atlantic Monthly, and 
Business Week have all joined the 
AOL magazine family. All AOL maga¬ 
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online, download the text files or pic¬ 
tures, leave e-mail comments to the 
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JUST CURIOUS ? So is our 
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Cullen Murphy's new book Is In 
Editors Unbound. 


with Luxembourg-based Europe 
Online, the current leading service 
provider in Europe. AOL and 

Bertelsmann will offer AOL-type online 
access in Germany, France, and 
Britain, with other parts of Europe to 
be added later, but the overall plan is 
to offer services in other 
parts of the world, as 
well. Some industry 
observers have speculat¬ 
ed that this move is 
intended to beat 

Microsoft to the punch 
with the proposed and 
hopefully not postponed 
release of Windows 95, 
with its built-in Internet 
software and connection 
to the new Microsoft net¬ 
work. AOL’s president 
Steve Case has been 
very vocal in the media 
of late with his criticism 
that Microsoft has too much of an 
unfair advantage in marketing its own 
Internet service % to be built into the 
next release of Windows. Bertelsmann 
stated in a press release it will take a 5 
percent stake in AOL through a $50 
million issue of new shares, retain an 
option for one year to increase its hold¬ 
ing to 10 percent and appoint a 
Bertelsmann executive to hold a seat 
on AOL’s board. The deal will give AOL 
$50 million in capital investment, as 
well as access to Bertelsmann’s U.S. 
holdings, including RCA and Arista 
Records, publishers Doubleday, 
Bantam, and Dell and magazines such 
as McCall’s, and Family Circle. Online 
competition in Europe, as 
reported by Cowles, also 
includes Italia Online 
backed by Olivetti, Rupert 
Murdoch’s Delphi Internet 
Ltd. and CompuServe, 
which has been aggressive¬ 
ly pursuing international 
members. ♦ 


And finally, AOL has joined with 
Bertelsmann AG, the second largest 
media group in Europe. The companies 
are said to be planning a joint venture 
to create an online service to compete 


Boardwatch - May 1995 119 































COMPUSERVE by Wallace Wang 


T here’s good news and bad news for CompuServe. The 
bad news is CompuServe is now the second most popu¬ 
lar online service after arch rival America Online. The 
good news is that in an effort to prevent the lemming-like 
rush to America Online, CompuServe has introduced dras¬ 
tic price cuts effective since February. 

Instead of the old system that rewarded slow modems with 
cheaper rates and punished faster modems with higher 
ones, CompuServe has initiated what amounts to a flat 
rate for all modem speeds. From now on, all connect time 
charges are $4.80 per hour, whether you’re using the latest 
gee-whiz 28.8K modem or an ancient 300 baud antique. 

In addition, the Standard Pricing Plan now allows mem¬ 
bers to send the equivalent of 90, three-page electronic 
mail messages at no charge (compared to 60 messages pre¬ 
viously). Of course, mail received from the Internet incurs 
a surcharge although it’s still free to send mail to an 
Internet address. 


Naturally, monthly CompuServe membership rates have 
jumped by $1, from $8.95 to $9.95. However, to offset this 
price increase, your basic membership now includes free 
access to over 100 basic services, which won’t incur any 
connect time charges. To get a list of these basic services 
included in your $9.95 monthly free, use the GO CHOICES 
keyword. (Of course, accessing forums STILL incurs a con¬ 
nect time charge. Are you confused yet?) 


If you want to experience the joys of CompuServe without 
racking up expensive connect time charges in the process, 
the CompuServe CD is now available for both Windows 
and Macintosh users. The price has dropped to $5.95 and 
each bi-monthly CD includes the File Finder, which lets 
you search for files stored on CompuServe without actually 
connecting to CompuServe. Once you’ve found the files 
you’re looking for using the CompuServe CD, you can dial 
into CompuServe, make a bee-line straight for that file, 
and disconnect as quickly as possible to avoid excessive 
connect time charges. 



NEW FORUMS DEBUT 

Like the urban sprawl of Los Angeles, CompuServe’s 
cyberspace landscape changes almost daily. The most 
recent additions to CompuServe include a new Windows 
utility forum and a World Community forum. 

The Windows Utilities forum (GO WINUTIL) provides 
(what else?) Windows utilities such as uninstallers, file 
manager add-ons, editors, diagnostic tools, programs to 
make Windows NT more stable (Now how about a utility to 
make MS-DOS more stable?), as well as an initial sam¬ 
pling of utilities being developed to enhance Windows 95. 
By studying the Windows 95 utilities, you can see what 
features Windows 95 will lack and get an idea how ordi¬ 
nary people will still find Windows 95 confusing and diffi¬ 
cult to use. 

The World Community forum (GO WCOMMUNITY) is the 
first multi-lingual forum available on any online service. 
As one of the few online services with an international 
presence, CompuServe regularly receives calls from people 
in North America, South America and Europe. While many 
CompuServe members know English, a sizable number use 
Spanish, French or German. 



To overcome the language barriers that may keep an 
English-speaking member from chatting with a Spanish¬ 
speaking member, the World Community Forum offers 
automatic computer translations. Write a message in 
English and CompuServe automatically translates your 
message into French, German and Spanish. Now you can 
send messages to someone in France without knowing a 
single word of French, and they can write back without 
knowing a single word of English. 

In the World Community forum you can meet and chat 
about travel (is it faster to cross the English channel by 
ferry or by the Chunnel?), health (how come Europe won’t 
buy American meat laced with growth hormones?), busi¬ 
ness (how many 28 year-olds does it take to bring a British 
bank to its knees?), education (do American high school 
students really have a hard time identifying the United 
States on a map or are they just plain stupid?), television 
and movies (why don’t foreign porno movies ever need sub- 


120 Boardwatch - May 1995 

























titles?), sports (are British soccer fans 
really more dangerous than Israeli 
commandos?) and more. The forum also 
offers sections where members can 
share opinions on local and global cur¬ 
rent events and issues, as well as sec¬ 
tions for learning more about any 
region of the world, its people, culture 
and languages. 

For those file hounds, the World 
Community forum file section contains 
digitized photographs of interesting 
worldwide locations (in case you’ve 
always wanted to see the Swiss Alps 
without actually flying there) and text 
files describing places to see in differ¬ 
ent cities such as Paris, Amsterdam 
and New York (in case you actually get 
a chance to visit another city some 
day). 



CompuServe originally tested the idea 
of machine-language translation sever¬ 
al years ago in the MacCIM support 
forum. When the technology proved 
itself, Mike Schoenbach, the forum 
sysop, convinced CompuServe to create 
the World Community forum. 
According to Schoenbach, the World 
Community forum is “a tool to enhance 
interaction between people.” 

Mike happily notes that the typical 
World Community forum user is brand 
new to CompuServe and is most inter¬ 
ested in communicating with people of 
different backgrounds on a wide range 
of topics including religion, politics and 
travel. The ultimate goal of the World 
Community forum is to allow anyone to 
freely communicate regardless of their 
native language. 

Of course, you have to remember that 
machine-language translation isn’t per¬ 
fect, but it’s certainly a lot easier than 
flipping through a foreign language dic¬ 
tionary and trying to piece together a 
coherent message in another language 
by yourself. 


The World Community forum actually 
consists of four separate forums, an 
English-speaking forum (GO EWCFO- 
RUM), a Spanish-speaking forum (GO 
SWCFORUM), a French-seaking forum 
(GO FWCFORUM) and a German¬ 
speaking forum (GO GWCFORUM). 
Just remember that if you visit the 
French-speaking forum that you have 
to write in French (otherwise 
CompuServe’s computers will get con¬ 
fused if you type a message in German 
and store it in the French-seaking 
forum). 

If you’re thinking about traveling over¬ 
seas, or just like having international 
pen pals who don’t know your lan¬ 
guage, visit the World Community 
forum today. 

FTP ACCESS 

As part of its slow acceptance that they 
better offer access to the Internet or 
risk losing even more customers to 
America Online, CompuServe recently 
introduced FTP access (GO FTP) to the 
Internet. Essentially, this feature lets 
you use CompuServe as a gateway to 
the Internet. (Note: You can only use 
FTP access if you’re using WinCIM, 
DOSCIM or MacCIM. If you’re using a 
general purpose communications pro¬ 
gram like PROCOMM PLUS for 
Windows, you’ll never be able to use 
FTP access through CompuServe no 
matter how hard you may scream or 
complain.) 

To help CompuServe users make their 
first bold steps into the vast unknowns 
of the Internet, CompuServe also pro¬ 
vides two separate Internet forums: the 
Internet New Users forum (GO INET- 
FORUM) and the Internet Resources 
forum (GO INETRESOURCES). 

The New Users forum is the place to 
learn about arcane Internet topics as 
newsgroups, deciphering Internet 
addresses and how FTP works. The 
Resources forum is the place to look for 
electronic books about the Internet and 
Internet access tools such as Winsock 
and Mosaic. 

Of course, FTP access to the Internet 
isn’t quite the same thing as complete 
access to the Internet. But for casual 
Internet users who wish to explore the 
Internet without going through a sepa¬ 
rate Internet provider, CompuServe’s 
FTP access may be sufficient. Just 
remember that normal $4.80 per hour 


connect time charges apply when cruis¬ 
ing the Internet through CompuServe. 

PROCOMM PLUS FOR WINDOWS 2.11 
UPDATE 

If you’re using PROCOMM PLUS for 
Windows version 2.0, you’ll be happy to 
know that Datastorm Technologies has 
just released version 2.11. Best of all, 
you can get the update for free through 
the Datastorm forum (GO DATAS¬ 
TORM). 

There are two updates available: one is 
for updating version 2.0 and the other 
is for updating version 2.10. The 
update for version 2.0 users is called 
PW211.EXE (1,265,018 bytes) and the 
update for version 2.10 users is called 
210211.EXE (263,556 bytes). To find 
out which version of PROCOMM PLUS 
for Windows you may be using, press 
Alt+FlO and PROCOMM PLUS will 
display a typical “About” dialog box, 
listing the exact version you have. 

Basically, version 2.11 of PROCOMM 
PLUS for Windows offers FTP file 
transfers, file viewing and simple disk 
management over TCP/IP connections. 
The new version’s dialing directory can 
now contain IP addresses or alphanu¬ 
meric site names instead of telephone 
numbers. 

If Datastorm is smart, they’ll gradually 
turn PROCOMM PLUS for Windows 
into a complete Internet browser along 
the lines of Mosaic. That way they’ll be 
able to capture their bread and butter 
BBS market as well as the exploding 
Internet market. If they ignore the 
Internet for too long, PROCOMM 
PLUS might just wind up in the same 
level of obscurity as VisiCalc and 
Wordstar. 

For those who use PROCOMM PLUS 
to access CompuServe, version 2.11 
also offers a number of new features 
just for CompuServe users including 
the ability to track messages, the abili¬ 
ty to rebuild corrupted message links, 
and an option to compact message files 
to save disk space. But considering the 
fact that you can’t use PROCOMM 
PLUS’S new FTP features to access 
CompuServe’s new FTP access, you’ll 
have to access the Internet another 
way. (Aren’t computers fun?) ♦ 


Boardwatch - May 1995 121 







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B BSes fill a vital niche in the cyberspatial ecology: 

they are often the first form of online life to 
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Ma-Hay-ah) Texas, population 7,500. Sysop Carl 
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this rural area, starting with his two-line 
Galacticomm BBS, The System in the Glade ( 817 - 
562-9785 or 817 - 562 - 7472 ). Mexia is not technology- 
deprived; it has a telephone company, a radio station, 
a newspaper and a cable television company. If 
Haddick has his way, he will become the local 
Internet Service Provider (ISP). 


Haddick supplies USA Today Online in several 
downloadable forms: text, self-extracting archive, 
and standards PKZip. The options accomodate users 
who do not have or don’t want to bother with archive 
utilities. 

There are no Usenet newsgroups at this time, but 
five local conferences are available — one each for 
MS-DOS and BBS discussions, National Rifle 
Association updates, American Cybercasting movie 
reviews (including reviews of local showings) and a 
graffiti area where users can post anything. But the 


• SYSTEM IN 
THE GLADE 

• WEST COAST 
CONNECTION 

• ORION 
STATION 



The System in the Glade 
runs on “a scrapped 
486/33 computer with 
two 14.4 Zooms, ” says 
Haddick. The BBS offers 
free Internet e-mail 
through a UUCP 
account using the Major 
Gateway/Internet and 
Xnet — an ISP located 
in Lisle, Illinois. The 
system went online in 
August of 1994 running 
the shareware program 
TriBBS; Haddick- 
switched to the 
Galacticomm platform in 
December. A feature 
story in the local news¬ 
paper in January, 1995, 
boosted The System in 
the Glade’s caller base 
from eight to seventy- 
five people. 


Many callers use the system to send e-mail to their 
children away at colleges around the country, and 
that’s just what Haddick wants. He plans to keep 
offering free access to get residents accustomed to 
having Internet access. Eventually, he will charge a 
small fee to support a 56K leased line. 


The system focuses on law, communications and poli 
tics. There are 4,000 files on the system of 
approximately 3,800 are President Clinton’s press 
releases. There are also copies of the Clinton Health 
Care Plan, Newt Gingrich’s Republican Contract 
with America, and The John Birch Society’s The 
New American. Twenty-seven United Nations doc¬ 
uments include the text of many resolutions, the U.N. 


majority ot postings are Internet e-mail; over 13,300 
messages went out over the ‘Net in the last three 
months. 


Boardwatch - May 1995 127 






















The Graphics file library offers a wide array of images 
emphasis on politicians, guns, planes, scenery, the Nazi con¬ 
centration camp Dachau and computer art. There is even a 
bitmap of the town Mexia (mexial.bmp). 

The BBS also offers dial-out services, allowing users to call 
other BBSes on Haddick’s nickel. By selecting “D” at the 
main menu a user can call another board from his BBS. I 
had Haddick set up the number for Boardwatch so I could 
try this feature, and it worked flawlessly. After a moment of 
connecting, I was soon typing in my name at Boardwatch 
Magazine’s BBS and looking at the five new messages I had 
in my e-mail box. Then I hit “G” the good-bye command at 
Boardwatch, and soon I was back to Mexia. Of course, only 
one user at a time can use the dial-out feature, since it ties 
up the only other phone line. 

Haddick discovered a “magic question” while shopping for an 
Internet connection: ask your leased-line service provider to 
apply . FCC tariff 73 to your order. It seems that the 2,453- 
page tariff applies to all data communications that cross 
state lines — making it applicable to all Internet connec¬ 
tions. The big difference is what you will pay for your con¬ 
nection. The price of a 56K line in Haddick’s area dropped 
from $661 to 234.50 per month with the simple phrase of “I 
would like to apply the FCC Tariff 73.” 

Even though this system might be small in comparison to 
many boards nationally, it is an oasis in this rural desert for 
BBSers and Intemeters. And it gives this area its only nutri¬ 
ent to sustain Internet life. Haddick also shares his knowl¬ 
edge on a weekly radio talk show where he discusses com¬ 
puter matters on an computer automated FM 104.9 titled 
KYCX Online, which airs at 9:30 A.M. locally and reaches a 
radius of 45 miles around the Mexia area, according to 
Haddick. 

Haddick works as a programmer for Mexia State School — a 
branch of the Texas Department of Mental Health and the 
largest employer in a 120 mile radius of Mexia. If you would 
like to leave Haddick e-mail his address is 
carl@mexia.coin. You can write him at P.O. Box 1586, 
Mexia, Texas 76667. Haddick is becoming quite the inventor 
of loop holes in the telecommunication system this country 
has to offer. Including his Tariff 73 word game, you might 
also want to ask him a little bit about cellular phones, Sprint 
and call forwarding. He comes up with some very creative 
things sitting down there in Texas. 


WEST COAST CONNECTION 

by Larry Rauh 

While surfing the net this month we washed up on the east¬ 
ern shores of the Pacific Ocean in the free state of California 
at a BBS that has a long and successful history. The West 
Coast Connection, based in El Cajon, California, placed 73rd 
in the 1994 Boardwatch Readers’ Choice Contest. All 
callers can log on at 619 - 449 - 8333 . If you are located in San 
Diego county, you can also access the system toll free by dial¬ 
ing 619 - 993 - 8408 . The system supports nine incoming lines; 
five are open to the public and four are available to members 
only. Seven lines sport U.S. Robotics 14.4 modems and the 


remaining two lines are connected to Zoom 14.4 modems. 
The system supports 900 paying members and an additional 
1,500 validated non-members, using four 486 DX2 66 com¬ 
puters running PcBoard 15.1 on a Lantastic network. 

The West Coast Connection offers a lot of everything. There 
are 54 file areas on disks housing two gigabytes of software 
(including California-grown adult images), plus four CD- 
ROMs that store another 35,000 files. File area 27 is a list- 
keepers paradise. Here you will find lists of BBSes provid¬ 
ing 1-800 access, boards that sport 9600-bps and faster 
modems, telnetable and Rlogin BBSes, a business/profes¬ 
sional BBS list and various Southern California BBS lists. 
The lists are in zipped files and are mighty in many cases to 
say the least. Shareware is equally as mighty on this board. 

The West Coast Connection offers several membership pack¬ 
ages. The most popular subscription costs $35 per year and 
entitles the member to two hours per day of time online, five 
megs of downloading a day, Internet e-mail, 300 news- 
groups, and access to adult areas. For the user who isn’t 
looking for such a long term commitment the board offers a 
three month package for $15, including 75 minutes a day 
and three megs of download. A six month package for $25 
includes 90 minutes a day and four megabytes of download¬ 
ing. These two packages also include access to adult areas. 
The system has received over 150,000 calls since its incarna¬ 
tion as The West Coast Connection two years ago, but this 
BBS has a decade of history. 

Founder Don Presten has came along way since he started 
BBSing and sysoping in the San Francisco Bay area. Back 
in 1985, he operated the Fremont Flyer, named after its 
home town of Fremont, California. The Flyer was a one-line 
1200 bps BBS running on an Osborne CP/M machine with a 
10 Mb of hard drive. Preston laughs as he remembers days: 
“I still have that old machine my uncle gave me; maybe I 
will donate it someday.” At that time, the Fremont Flyer 
was a messaging system, where callers could attach ascii 
text files on to the main BBS text file, which held only cen¬ 
tralized public e-mail messaging. 

Preston was transferred by the Nave in 1989, taking him 
and his BBS to the San Diego area. He renamed it the 
Balleyhoo, upgraded to an IBM 286 with two nodes, and 
added RIME echomail. He ran Wildcat! software for about 
six months and then switched to PC Board about the time he 
fired up the second line. 

Then on April 1, 1993, he renamed the board the West Coast 
Connection, upgraded to three 386 CPUs, and expanded to 
four lines. The board soon grew to become one of the 
nation’s top BBSes. Today, Preston is assisted by cosysops 
Steve Haines and Richard Moyer. 

West Coast Connection is celebrating its second anniversary 
with a party for members and staff. In fact, this BBS has 
turned into a place where many of the users have initiated 
“club-like” activities and social gatherings. The board, as 
well being a nice social corner, also offers new users and 
renewal users a “raffle-type” drawing that gives away some 
fairly valuable prizes. In the past, they have given away 
computers, modems, and a choice of dinner at a local restau¬ 
rant, a $100 CompUSA gift certificate, a Focus 9,000 


128 Boardwatch - May 1995 




Don Presten - SysOp at the WCC office 


ORION STATION 


by Larry Rauh 


Professional Keyboard, Logitech cordless Mouse and a 
Cirrus Logic SGVA 1-Mb video card. Each round of draw¬ 
ings awards two prizes, one to a new member and one to a 
renewal member; not a bad way to attract the types of users 
sysops want and need. 

Out of the over 1,000 mail conferences available on the 
board, Presten holds area number nine close to his heart. 
The motorcycle conference is where members plan over-the- 
road motorcycle trips. Presten, with his Yamaha Virago 
1100, and 40-50 BBS members often take bike trips through 
California and Mexico. The motorcycle club is looking for¬ 
ward to their May excursion to the San Felipe area of 
Mexico. 


This month’s BBS listkeeper presents a striking contrast 
between physical isolation and electronic connectivity. The 
Orion Station BBS ( 360 - 675 - 0565 ) resides in Oak Harbor, 
Washington, perched atop Whidbey Island, one ferry trip or 
two island-hopping bridges from the mainland. But sysop 
Art Tomlin keeps his 300 callers in the Puget Sound area 
well connected to each other and the rest of the world. 


The two-line VBBS board sports four echomail networks, a 
Planet Connect satellite feed providing Usenet newsgroups, 
weather and sports data, and daily doses of new shareware 
by the megabyte. 

The hardware includes the two U.S. Robotics Sportster 14.4 
internal modems, a 486DX2/66 for the main line, a 
386DX/40 on line 2, and another 386 as the Planet Connect 
mail/file server. Netware Lite vl.l ties them all together. 


West Coast Connection offers something for everyone. In 
addition to the large collection of local BBS listings, all the 
latest shareware files, the social gatherings and over 1,000 
mail conferences with over 30,000 new messages daily. They 
carry the RIME and ILINK conferences and Internet e-mail. 
“A solid, reliable system for the BBS professional with a 
relaxing atmosphere that welcomes all new users,” Presten 
said when summing up his BBS in a nut (sea) shell. 

For further information on this board or the lists it contains 
please contact: Don Presten, 1594 Fayette Street, El Cajon, 
CA. 92020, voice BBS line 619 - 449-8408 or fax 619 - 448 - 5194 , 
or you can e-mail him at sysop@wcoast. cts. com. ♦ 


Tomlin, a 15-year Navy man whose handle is “Cap’n,” also 
compiles the Puget Sound BBS List, drawn from the 206 and 
the recently-added 360 Area Codes. The 387-enttry list is 
one of the easiest lists to access in the BBS community. All 
a caller needs to do is type BBSLIST at the “docking id” 
(user name) prompt and BBSLIST at the “command code” 
(password) prompt. With zero fuss, you are asked what pro¬ 
tocol you are using to download. Before you know it you have 
the list and then the system drops carrier, “saving you that 
extra dime,” Tomlin said. 

Tomlin started the list about a year ago when he realized 
the need for an accurate and updated BBS list for the 


Boardwatch - May 1995 129 















Scott King (QUESTOR) Art Tomlin (Cap’n) Caroi(CJ) Mike Dean (Dino) 


somewhere else” and gives this 
board a unique character all its 
own. 


Tomlin started the Orion 
Station in October of 1993 and 
has kept it up and running with 
only one crash, November of 
1994, when he did lose a few 
users. Tomlin has three 
cosysops: Scott King, Carol 
Cole and Mike Dean, who all 
have their own local boards as 
well. These four people share 
the various tasks of running the 
board and weed out any old 
users from the database. 
Tomlin is fairly liberal when it 
comes to weeding out users who 
haven’t called in a while, 
because many of the users are 
Navy personnel who can only 
call when they are at port. 



Tomlin plans to switch to 
PC Board software, which 
he believes is one of the 
best packages for his con¬ 
ference-oriented needs. 
This gregarious sysop welcomes e-mail 
anyone, anywhere. “If you can 
_et a hold of me at these addresses 
you are not on this planet,” Tomlin 
1:3401/202 or /200 FidoNet; 
VirtualNET @1360016; EmeraldNet 
@1206001; PowerNet @2; and Internet 
e-mail Cap' n@net-works. com. ♦ 


Seattle area. He searched FidoNet, 
VirtualNET and EmeraldNet to com¬ 
pile a lengthy and thorough list of 
BBSes. He categorizes the list by the 
most prominent network affiliate in its 
associated area code. 

Orion Station is strongly message-ori¬ 
ented by design. Tomlin keeps rela¬ 
tively few files online (about 2,000) and 
imposes a 500 Kb/day downloading 
limit on users who do not contribute to 
the message base. “I really don’t care 
for people who just jump on the board, 
mark a bunch of files and walk away as 


an hour’s worth of downloads take 
place,” he allows. The heavy emphasis 
on person-to-person communication 
keeps Orion Station true to its a motto, 
“a place where strange and unusual 
people run into each other on their way 


Tomlin is currently finishing up his 
bachelors degree in computer informa¬ 
tion systems. “I have one wife, Tracey, 
two vehicles, three computers, four 
children and five acres,” he said. He 
believes he eventually will 
supervise an aircraft elec¬ 
tronics maintenance shop 
at Whidbey’s Naval Air 
Station, where he current¬ 
ly goes to school as a part 
of a six year deal with the 
Navy — in which he must 
give four years of service 
back to them. 


130 Boardwatch - May 1995 




















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Quantum Leap BBS 

360-493-0998 

Kitsap Peninsula Gateway 

360-698-8404 

Cedar Board BBS 

360-786-5118 

Ground Zero 

360-377-0907 

The Quarto Mundista BBS 

360-786-9629 


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387 PUGET SOUND BBSs 


Fugon Intergalactic 

360-352-5692 

CJ’s Cat House(AC) 

360-675-7176 

Scruffy Dog BBS 

360-459-1535 

Separate Reality 

360-653-1289 

Pains Point BBS 

360-264-5942 

The Alien Workshop 

360-653-7278 

The Pub 

360-456-1195 

The Acropolis 

360-675-3777 

Le Maison De Metal 

360-493-0798 

Circuit’s Edge 

360-793-9645 

The Pinnacle Of The West 360-491-8097 

The Free Clinic BBS 

360-678-3172 

The Annex 

360-705-2335 

Writer’s Workshop 

360-693-6147 

The Twisted Mind BBS 

360-493-1725 

Dino’s Dog House 

360-679-6971 

Skagit Bay BBS 

360-466-5305 

The Castle BBS 

360-679-2860 

The Missing Link Node 1 

360-826-3513 

The Dragon’s Lair [VSB] 

360-675-4277 

The Missing Link Node 2 

360-826-3201 

The Fun House 

360-675-7531 

Thee Landing Zone BBS 

360-336-5915 

The Continuum 

360-379-8833 

Cyclotron BBS 

360-428-3506 



Quiet Place BBS 

360-755-9644 

FIDONET (MISCELLANEOUS BBS TYPES) 

North Cascades EchoMail 360-445-5444 

AREACODE 206 


Cyber Skyline 

360-856-1840 



Twin Towers 

360-757-8946 

Tacoma Echos 

206-565-0271 

Four Aces 

360-466-2237 

ArcticNet 

206-565-9740 

Just Another BBS 

360-826-5413 

Awakening 

206-582-5579 

MICROTOWN BBS 

360-853-8114 

The Total Access Board 

206-472-9611 

Orion Station 

360-675-0565 

North End Skyscraper 

206-756-9689 

Reflections West 

360-679-2223 

AmoCat BBS 

206-566-1166 

Dino’s Doghouse BBS 

360-679-6971 

Keithley Komputer Korner 206-752-8968 

The Fun House 

360-675-7531 

The Eagles BBS 

206-531-8304 

The Dragon’s Lair 

360-675-4277 

Outdoor Focus 

206-565-7730 

The Loony Bin 

360-675-3320 

King’s Dominion 

206-843-2817 

CJ’s Cat House BBS 

360-675-7176 

The Right Place 

206-565-8853 

The Fifth Comer 

360-650-1152 

Jamaica Farewell! 

206-847-4686 

The Estate 

360-650-5334 

The Last Frontier 

206-847-8168 

The Galleria 

360-671-6534 

The BoardRoom BBS 

206-584-3825 

The Winston Cup 

360-371-2276 

John’s Genes 

206-756-5160 

The Lost Archives 

360-366-5102 

The ATTACK LINE 

206-840-2445 

The Outer limits 

360-671-7427 

The Cats’ Paws 

206-584-7895 

Meme 

360-647-7173 

The Looking Glass 

206-535-8917 

Darkstar System 

360-578-1157 

Lakewood Fire Department 206-840-2066 

Rob’s Wreck Room 

360-578-1948 

The Electric Flamingo 

206-473-6561 

T B T Network 

360-577-4385 

Moody Blues 

206-893-3101 

Longview On-Line Nodel 

360-577-0187 

Pacific Paradise BBS 

206-473-4338 

NightHawk BBS 

360-423-1748 

TRENDS! 

206-863-5877 

Short Circut BBS 

360-577-7985 

Centaur Aisle 

206-581-0298 

Byte This BBS 

360-636-1392 

This Old House 

206-475-2108 

Ultimate BBS 

360-414-3188 

Pookabum’s Hideout 

206-565-0638 

Longview On-Line Node 2 360-577-0276 

The Space/Time Continuum 206-536-1528 

Dragon’s Lair 

360-425-2132 

ISMC Oeric II 

206-535-3697 

Everybody’s BBS 

360-577-0107 

Employer’s Network 

206-475-0665 

The Old West BBS 

360-482-5062 

NWdABBS 

206-539-0704 

Techline BBS 

360-249-5372 

the HOUSE of ANDY 

206-588-6522 

Hanger 18 BBS 

360-538-0381 

TECH ONE BBS 

206-537-6940 

The Blue Knight BBS 

360-533-0260 

Damian Johnson 

206-847-4553 



The Peachy Keeno Inn 

206-539-0804 

VIRTUALNET (VBBS) AREA CODE 360 

South Tacoma Amiga Group 206-537-9728 



S-A-G-N - BBS 

206-862-4929 

Police Academy BBS(RC9) 360-679-4532 

The Dragon’s Cave 

206-752-4160 


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Quackrr’s Spaced Aackaademmy 206-770-0980 

The Highlander 

206-565-5816 

The Phoenix Reborn 

206-759-7601 

The PowerSoft Connection 206-589-8429 

Ghostly Image 

206-927-6198 

Lesser Seattle Opera 

206-244-9661 

Snubber’s Spot 

206-841-2692 

Treasurer 

206-742-1597 

The Higher Ground 

206-884-5200 

NEC 343 Clearing House 206-527-0733 

Cruiser BBS 

206-832-4924 

Pascal Alley 

206-222-6224 

The Playhouse BBS 

206-964-3425 

Sno-Valley Software Exchange 206-688-0375 

Foul Play BBS 

206-862-0195 

The Powerhouse BBS 

206-886-0973 

The Mortuary Inn 

206-841-1525 

East Seattle Hub 

206-822-4293 

The EDge 

206-984-1461 

Glacier Peak Rainbow 

206-644-8431 

NITE-TIME AFFAIRS 

206-588-7440 

Images Inc 

206-861-5914 

Tequila Sunrise 

206-847-3513 

The Precedent 

206-603-0354 

ELC BBS 

206-535-9514 

INFINITE T.A.R.D.I.S. 

206-881-6821 

The PumpHouse BBS 

206-537-4527 

The Tocatta BBS 

206-868-5924 

Silky-C’s One Stop Shop 206-473-7664 

The Blind Pig 

206-525-7863 

The Focal Point 

206-564-9044 

BECS Opus 

206-451-1274 

The BoardRoom BBS II 

206-584-3829 

Media Host Northwest 

206-363-4930 

Knight-Line! 

206-565-0696 

ShowBiz 

206-747-2981 

Tacoma Recovery BBS 

206-589-3820 

AsiaNet BBS 

206-527-6533 

Infrared Rose 

206-537-0806 

OS/2 Northwest 

206-747-6451 

The “Dark Masters’” BBS 206-846-8312 

Grey Matter 

206-528-1941 

We Be Games BBS 

206-536-0534 

Olympus-Hermes Support 206-641-6767 

Permanent Crew Rest 

206-472-6805 

MIDIoholic 

206-938-5861 

Trinet BBS 

206-770-7307 

PIPELINE BBS 

206-641-7756 

The Nuthouse BBS 

206-841-3197 

GAMES-R-US BBS 

206-822-4293 

GreyHounds BBS 

206-862-7715 

Vantage Point BBS 

206-821-3902 

The Lost And The Damned 206-473-6010 

Binkley’s Bar&Grill 

206-868-7581 

The Land Of Oz 

206-473-1788 

The ARMOR OF GOD 

206-440-7499 

My Desk 

206-845-2418 

Seattle Central 

206-742-1597 

The Cop-Out BBS 

206-472-4069 

ssc 

206-788-2607 

Alpha’s Attic 

206-272-8083 

Experiment 

206-526-5417 

The Cubby Hole 

206-383-1252 

The Mage’s Tower 

206-485-7170 

The ISLAND BBS 

206-582-1597 

Silverfox’s Den 

206-742-1597 

Big Boy’s Toys BBS 

206-862-8896 

Alki Express 

206-933-8738 

Renegade’s Roost 

206-964-4209 

LAW Bbs 

206-728-2887 

The Neutral Zone 

206-473-1177 

The STAGE 

206-286-8047 

American Tuff-A-Nuff BBS 206-472-7059 

Northwest Nurse 

206-524-8853 

Kildosphere BBS 

206-272-6061 

Cala Creek Resort 

206-483-4631 

Knight-Line! Mail-Only Node 206-565-2470 

Intermittent Open 

206-782-7674 

FreeFall BBS 

206-843-1996 

The Info Box 

206-485-0354 

MAXNet 

206-566-9521 

Cygnus X-l BBS 

206-481-9582 

The Wolfs Den 

206-584-4309 

Sidhe Mail 

206-241-7899 

Head Cleric’s Realm 

206-589-6710 

Migrant BBS 

206-775-4065 

Terra X 

206-564-8605 

Arvandor 

206-524-9210 

Dwarf Star BBS 

206-535-1861 

Seattle West 

206-439-6342 

Dimensional Software 

206-964-8061 

Lk Sawyer Ski Naked 

206-413-1451 

The Dude Ranch 

206-458-2382 

The Stardock 

206-431-1243 

Outer Limits 

206-471-2490 

Puget Sound TBBS 

206-743-0162 

The Mage’s Library 

206-272-4760 

SeaEast PC Exchange 

206-822-4615 

The Rock BBS 

206-759-2079 

Top Hat 

206-244-9661 

Turbo {X}-Press BBS 

206-536-9935 

Bermuda Triangle 

206-771-8420 

The He-Man BBS 

206-964-4835 

Cherry City 

206-241-8894 

T.C.C. BBS 

206-474-0931 

Ixion Support Bbs 

206-281-1936 


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.187 PllGET mU BBSs 


Letters RBBS 

206-524-4811 

The House of Fools 

206-290-7622 

The Harry Beast 

206-859-6157 

Snohomish Systems Limited 206-353-3013 

Ballybran Station 

206-271-9861 

Black Knights BBS 

206-774-8935 

Twin Towers 

206-227-6894 

StarLink 

206-252-8932 

Paul’s Waka Waka 

206-783-3825 

The Clinic 

206-259-3972 

TechAlliance 

206-277-6052 

The Castle By The Sea 

206-486-6928 

Tim’s Place 

206-226-7847 

More Then Meets the Eye... Part 206-787-5339 

Seattle Connection BBS 

206-719-3081 

ESD 

206-670-7972 

Paradise Lost BBS 

206-365-7435 

Zapa BBS 

206-337-0379 

Sweepstakes Online 

206-885-2687 

Montessori’s Cafe 

206-483-1012 

Quicksilver BBS 

206-859-4432 

The Middle Kingdom 

206-670-2463 

The Desen Machine 

206-277-6043 

Northern Lights 

206-252-4164 

Auburn Ed-Net 

206-931-4821 

Q-II 

206-339-3108 

The Big Easy 

206-952-4332 

Quicksilver 

206-780-2011 

SoundViews 

206-529-0756 



The LightHouse BBS 

206-440-8256 

VIRTUALNET (VBBS) 


Better World 

206-634-0671 

AREACODE 206 


After 10:00 Bbs 

206-878-8633 



HiNet 

206-433-2319 

Red Dwarf 

206-639-4895 

The Dragon’s Eye 

206-859-1359 

R’lyeh 

206-721-3011 

APA Collections 

206-839-8055 

The Black Hole 

206-334-3379 

The Dog House 

206-939-0497 

ZYMIC 

206-285-5475 

NorthWest ENTER-Tainment 206-878-1096 

A. J.’s BBS 

206-355-5755 

The Beacon BBS 

206-839-9062 

The Board For The Bored 206-789-0085 

Spy Satellite Network 

206-630-4123 

AsiaNet 

206-527-6533 

Jet City Connection 

206-839-8843 

Scott’s Bored 

206-335-3467 

Jack’s Place 

206-639-2846 

SEANAC 

206-448-5587 

Off the Record 

206-878-3586 



Ask Angus! BBS 

206-283-0249 

OTHERS (WWIV, WILDCAT!, ETC.) 

Just Better Stuff! 

206-451-2561 

AREACODE 206 AND 360 

Christian Research BBS II 206-277-8813 



The Helix 

206-783-6368 

WorldNet 

360-675-0959 

The Mouse Hole 

206-789-5319 

The Evening Post 

360-675-4967 

Bill & Moe’s Ham Shack 

206-328-4522 

Biz-Net and Job Net Works 360-767-2676 

The Cutting Edge 

206-277-6666 

The Firehouse 

360-252-1568 

DataStore 

206-343-5688 

The Firehouse Too! 

360-258-6715 

The OS/2 Online BBS 

206-351-5998 

The Lost Montanan 

206-347-4752 

Invincible Software Support 206-277-4059 

Ringworld 

360-885-7899 

The Gathering BBS 

206-706-1938 

N.W. Adults BBS 

360-290-6049 

BlackBeard’s Booty 

206-271-5535 

The Clubhouse 

360-335-5911 

Amiga City BBS 

206-838-3729 

Silverfox’s Den 

206-742-1597 

Joe’s Garage 

206-639-4370 

Circuit’s Edge 

206-793-9645 

The Everett Teacher BBS 206-259-4614 

Heading Upward 

206-832-4229 

The Prodigal Son 

206-335-5138 

Rain Forest 

206-781-9642 

Go Fly A Kite 

206-259-1323 

W.O.W. 

360-678-4599 

The Technician’s Corner BBS 206-334-4998 

Whidbey Winds 

360-675-1600 

Northern Hub 

206-338-3723 

WICKS 

360-675-9786 

Programmers Information Ex. 206-334-9243 

Winds, Whales, and Waves 360-675-7391 

Pioneers BBS 

206-775-7983 

MegaWindows Online 

360-675-7683 

Silver Lake 

206-338-3723 

Knite Flite and Blonde One’s 360-675-1116 

Provision 

206-353-6966 

Islander BBS 

360-675-1731 

Washington Community Info 206-672-2508 

Bible Baptist Church 

360-679-7200 

Warp Factor II 

206-487-2062 

Loony Bin 

360-675-3320 


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BOARDWATCH 


List of BBS List Keepers 


This listing comprises a list of those who compile and maintain lists of bulletin boards, either by topical category, or 
by some geographic area or definition - often by area code. The primary bulletin board system where the list can be 
downloaded electronically is also included. 


BBSLIST TOPIC 

AUTHOR/EDITOR 

CONTACT BBS 

TELEPHONE 

New Jersey BBS’s 

Scott Drake 

T.E.R.N. BBS 

(201)399-4772 

Connecticut AC 203 

Kevin Brook 

Creative Edge BBS 

(203)743-4044 

BBS With Handicapped Focus 

Bill McGarry 

Handicap News BBS 

(203)926-6168 

Manitoba Canada AC 204 

Victor Laking 

Generic BBS 

(204)475-5199 

West Washington AC 206 

Bob Dinse/Nanook 

Eskimo North 

(206)367-3837 

Tacoma Washington AC 206 

Richard Langsford 

AmoCat BBS 

(206)566-1155 

Puget Sound Area AC 206 

Art Tomlin 

Orion Station 

(206)675-0565 

Kitsap County Washington 

Michael Schuyler 

Quicksilver BBS 

(206)780-2011 

Maine 207 

Scott R. Bodeen 

Street Corner BBS 

(207)442-0997 

Modesto CA AC 209 

Chris Mitchell, “Gomba” 

Anything Goes 

(209)491-0782 

Central California AC 209 

Jack Porter/Madera UG 

Zen Den Systems 

(209)675-8436 

San Antonio TX AC 210 

Donna Murrell 

Main Complex BBS 

(210)658-8009 

Graphical User Interface BBS 

David Shapiro 

The Gooey (GUI) BBS 

(212)876-5885 

96 List - 9600+bps BBS 

Ken Sukimoto 

Downtown BBS 

(213)484-0260 

Employment BBS's 

George Smith 

Executive Connection 

(214)306-3393 

Dallas/Ft.Worth BBS List 

Mark Elson/Mike Shockley 

Blues Cafe 

(214)638-1181 

Open Access UNIX Site List 

Phil Eschallier 

LGNP1 (login:BBS) 

(215)348-9727 

Cleveland Area 216 

Jim Barry 

Flip Flop 

(216)951-9134 

Educational and Indiana BBS 

Joe McIntosh 

KSI Public BBS 

(219)626-2150 

Conservation/Nature BBS List 

D.Wendling/JS Christianso 

Coin of the Realm 

(301)585-6697 

Ham/Amateur Radio BBS 

Stan Staten 

3WINKs BBS 

(301)590-9629 

Handicapped Issues BBS 

Richard Barth 

HEX BBS 

(301)593-7357 

Desktop Publishing BBS 

Frank Atlee 

Infinite Perspective 

(301)924-0398 

Delaware AC 302 

Vince Boehm/Dave Osburn 

Talk Radio BBS 

(302)429-7667 

Colorado AC 303/719 

Willis Morrow 

Big Boy’s BBS 

(303)458-3832 

Cave Exploration BBSs 

Douglas L. Moore II 

The CatEye BBS 

(304)592-3390 

South Florida Area 305/407 

Eric Thav 

Silicon Beach BBS 

(305)474-6512 

Southern California 

Mike Hefferman 

SOCAL Corner 

(310)422-7942 

California AC 310 

Jim Walton 

Illusions BBS 

(310)804-3324 

Detroit AC 313 

Tom McEachern 

Wonderland BBS 

(313)274-3531 

Detroit Area 313 

Horst Mann 

Tony’s Corner 

(313)754-1131 

St. Louis AC 314 

Beth Brooks 

Fire Escape’s Dir 

(314)741-9505 

ASP BBS Member List 

Richard Holler 

The RoadHouse BBS 

(317)784-2147 

Engineering Related BBS 

Arthur Petrzelka 

Computer Plumber 

(319)337-6723 

Rhode Island Area 401 

Mike Labbe 

Eagle’s Nest 

(401)732-5292 

Alberta AC 403 

Stephen Decarie 

T-8000 

(403)246-4487 

Calgary Alberta AC 403 

Jeremy Birkett 

The Quantum BBS 

(403)252-5119 

Atlanta Area 404 

Online Atlanta Society 

OASIS 

(404)627-2662 

Oklahoma City AC 405 

John Burton 

The SandBox 

(405)737-9540 

Montana Area 

Jay Michalik 

Valley Light BBS 

(406)273-6399 

Searchlight BBS Systems 

Chad Payne 

Montana MediaNet 

(406)549-6325 

Orlando BBS List AC 407 

Lenny Lacuy 

Infinite Space Onlin 

(407)856-0021 

San Francisco Bay Area 

Mark Shapiro 

BABBA BBS 

(408)946-8592 

Baltimore BBS Area 410 

David Fogle 

Silver Streak BBS 

(410)254-3400 

Pittsburgh AC 412 

Chas Stokes 

Zuul’s Catacombs 

(412)264-9787 

National BBS List 

DP Mclntire/Beth Spotts 

Ameriboard 

(412)349-6862 

Milwaukee AC 414 

Mark G. 

The Castle 

(414)327-5085 

North America Nudist List 

Patrick O’Brien 

Natural Connection 

(414)426-2110 

Toledo Ohio Area 419/313 

Ryck Zarick 

Toledo’s TBBS 

(419)475-2241 

Arkansas Area 501 

Bob Underdown 

The Blue & The Grey 

(501)444-8420 

Louisville KY South IN 

Tim Arnold 

Dance of Shiva BBS 

(502)893-6360 

Portland Oregon BBS 

Lisa Gronke 

DawGone Disgusted 

(503)297-9145 

New Orleans AC 504 

Darin Celino 

Southern Belle BBS 

(504)455-9488 

New Mexico AC 505 

Dan Kiehl 

MDC Computers BBS 

(505)434-0258 


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BBSLIST TOPIC 


AUTHOR/EDITOR 


CONTACT BBS 


TELEPHONE 


Apogee/ID/Software Crtns List 

Dan Linton 

Software Creations 

(508)368-7139 

PCBoards on Internet 

Ruben Melo 

ponyXpress BBS 

(508)587-7669 

Worcester MA AC 508 

Charles Grosvenor 

Information Society 

(508)832-7542 

Corpus Christi 

James Cordani 

Treasure Island 

(512)241-8358 

Austin Area AC 512 

John Foster 

Camel’s Back BBS 

(512)243-0077 

Selected BBS 

Joseph Caplinger & Son 

J&J’s BBS 

(513)236-1229 

Free Shareware AC 516 

Harold Stein 

Long Island Exchange 

(516)271-5303 

516 AC, 800 numbers, Freenets 

Wilton Virgo 

Long Island BBS 

(516)338-8595 

Area Code 517 - Mid-Michigan 

Rick Rosinski/SAMM 

Wolverine BBS 

(517)695-9952 

518 AC 

Dave Hitt 

Electric Avenue 

(518)899-3292 

Phoenix AC 602 

Sue Widemark 

Cheese Whiz BBS 

(602)279-0793 

Cochise County Arizona 

Kevin McCrory 

The Commo Shack BBS 

(602)452-0587 

Arizona and Southwest U.S. 

Michael 

BBSouthWest 

(602)820-7861 

New Hampshire 

Mike Maggi 

Marios Birdhouse 

(603)226-0467 

Victoria/Vancouver AC 604 

Mark Morley 

Island Net 

(604)477-5163 

Kentucky AC 606 

Jon Hagee 

Kentucky Explorer 

(606)271-1451 

Wisconsin 608 

Jim Wargula 

JW-PC Dataflex.HST 

(608)837-1923 

New Jersey AC 609 

Dave Schubert 

The Casino BBS 

(609)485-2380 

Real Estate Boards 

Ted Krais 

Dealmakers Online 

(609)587-4651 

New Jersey Area 201/609/908 

Wayne R. Morton 

Praedo BBS 

(609)953-0769 

Medical Issues BBS 

Edward Del Grosso 

Black Bag 

(610)454-7396 

Job Search and Inet hot list 

Ward Christman 

Online Opportunities 

(610)873-7170 

Minnesota Twin Cities AC 612 

Barry Watson 

Abiogenetic BBS 

(612)774-8454 

Apple II BBS 

Mike Shecket 

Way Out 

(614)436-4846 

Tennessee AC 615/901 

unknown 

SPDA Info Service 

(615)952-5638 

Business/Professional BBS 

Dennis Hauser 

Delight The Customer 

(616)662-0393 

Female Sysops 

Brenda Donovan 

The Pacific Rim 

(619)278-7361 

San Diego, CA AC 619 

Tom Grigg 

ComputorEdge 

(619)573-1675 

San Diego AC 619 

Joe Nicholson 

General Alarm 

(619)669-0385 

Apple II BBS with Internet con 

Morgan Davis 

pro-sol 

(619)670-5379 

Virginia AC 703/804 

Eddie Gebhard 

PC Power House 

(703)348-1423 

OS/2 BBS Systems 

Pete Norloff 

OS2/Shareware BBS 

(703)385-4325 

Geneology Related BBS 

Richard A. Pence 

NGS-CIG 

(703)528-2612 

Charlotte, NC AC 704 

Blaine Schmidt 

Moobasi Optics, Ink 

(704)541-9842 

Indigenous People BBSs 

Arthur McGee 

BDPA BAC BBS 

(707)552-3314 

Black Run/Oriented BBS 

Arthur “Rambo” McGee 

BDPA BAC BBS 

(707)552-3314 

Chicago 

Peter Anvin 

Royal Swedish Viking 

(708)491-9036 

Gay & Lesbian BBS List 

Billy Kennedy 

Risqilly BBS 

(708)495-6609 

Airline Pilot/JUMPSEAT BBSs 

Rex Chadwell 

ChicAAgo Hangar 

(708)980-1613 

Houston Area 713 

David E. Wachenschwanz 

Atomic Cafe BBS 

(713)530-8875 

Korean BBS 

Wayne Jeong 

Korea America Online 

(714)449-9373 

Area Code 715 

Corey Koltz 

YES It’s another BBS 

(715)345-7132 

Rochester NY AC 716 

Tracy Logan 

Logan’s Run 

(716)328-2914 

RIP BBS Listing 

Mario Mueller 

Antarctica BBS 

(717)755-2440 

717 AC BBS Listing 

Adam Viener 

Cyberia 

(717)840-1444 

Vermont BBS's 

Russ Boyce 

Computer Ser. of Ver 

(802)334-7976 

Ecology/Conservation BBS 

Bob Chapman 

EarthArt BBS 

(803)552-4389 

Central California AC 805 

Larry Honore 

His Board 

(805)652-1478 

Wildcat! BBS 

Jim Harrer 

Wildcat! HQ 

(805)873-2400 

Oahu Hawaii 

Brent Davis 

Land’s End BBS 

(808)499-2527 

Detroit AC 810 

Donald Quarles 

Bad To The Bone 

(810)749-3581 

Technical Support BBS List 

Gary Barr 

Digicom BBS 

(812)479-1310 

PinellasATampa Florida AC 813 

Emery Mandel 

Mercury Opus 

(813)321-0734 

Kansas City Area 816/913 

Bob Zumbrunnen 

PC-HELP BBS 

(816)331-4703 

Dallas Fort Worth 

Mark Robbins 

Second Sanctum 

(817)467-1175 

Denton, TX AC 817 

Walter Bowen 

Mezzanine BBS 

(817)565-9165 

Occult BBS 

Phil Hansford 

Mysteria 

(818)353-8891 

Commodore 64/128/Amiga BBS 

John Rigali 

Night Gallery 

(818)448-8529 

Texarkana BBS List 

Rodney Payne 

Internet Connection 

(903)793-7173 

Internet accessible BBS’s 

Richard S. Mark 

Dragon Keep 

(904)374-3500 

Durham Region-Ontario Canada 

Chuck Cirvec 

Odyssey Systems 

(905)579-9241 

Alaska AC 907 

Patti Johnson 

Alaska Pirate Soc. 

(907)248-9364 

Travel Related BBSs 

Robert Southwick 

AK Information Cache 

(907)373-3205 

Kansas 913 Area Code BBS’s 

Chuck Baslock 

On-Line Connection 

(913)587-0241 

Sacramento AC 916 

Jackie Kuhwarth 

24 Street Exchange 

(916)448-2483 

Darwin National US BBS List 

Bob Breedlove 

Bob’s BBS 

(916)929-7511 

OS/2 Related BBS 

Dave Fisher 

LiveNet 1:170/110 

(918)481-5715 

Tulsa Oklahoma Area BBS List 

Linda Hargraves 

ACCESS AMERICA 

(918)747-2542 

Raleigh NC AC 919 

Mike Stroud 

Micro Message Svc. 

(919)779-6674 

National ISDN BBS list 

Ken Morrison 

Digital Velocity BBS 

(919)992-3059 

Republic of South Africa 

Henk Wolsink 

Catalyst BBS 

27-41-51-3406 

Switzerland BBS List 

Cesar Keller 

The Warehouse BBS 

41-1-492-5157 


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The Choice is Right BBS (201)236-2562 Saddle 
River, New Jersey since 02/95. Sysop: Greg 
Bohacik. Using Searchlight 4.0A with 2 lines on MS- 
DOS with 1400 MB storage. Hayes at 28800 bps. No 
fee. Online games, Fred chat door. Internet e-mail 
and news groups, online checks accepted. Free 
monthly prize drawings and online trivia. All age 
groups welcome. Give us a call today. Internet 
address the-choice.com. 

MicroSellar BBS (201)239-0001 Verona, New 
Jersey since 03/83. Sysop: Mark Rapp. Using 
PCBoard 15.21 with 20 lines on MS-DOS with 10000 
MB storage. US Robotics at 28800 bps. No fee. 
PCBoard 15.x alpha site. NJ’s preferred BBS for the 
pro 11 yrs running. Hispeed lines. Local #’s available 
for easy access. Best-quality latest files games info 
gold mine. Many mail networks including Internet. 
Trial access provided. Major credit cards. 

Synergy Online (201)331-1797 Parsippany, New 
Jersey since 07/93. Sysop: Jim Boxmeyer. Using 
PCBoard 15.1 with 30 lines on MS-DOS 80486 with 
15000 MB storage. Cardinal at 38400 bps. No fee. 
20,000+ recent shareware files. 4,000+ conferences. 
Internet, Usenet, RIME, U’NI-net, Intelec and other 
networks online. Huge adult areas with over 10,000 
GIFs. Daily weather, newspapers, magazines online. 
30 Public lines available. 

Central Core BBS (201)575-8991 Montville, New 
Jersey since 01/85. Sysop: Mike Cocke. Using 
PCBoard 15.2 with 3 lines on MS-DOS with 3500 MB 
storage. ZyXel at 19200 bps. No fee. No fee for basic 
services, small fee for enhanced. A BBS for 
growndps of all ages. Free Internet trial access. 
Member ILink & BASNet echomail networks. Online 
national weather reports. Scrabble & trivia tourna¬ 
ments. Many technical interest files. No porn 

Chat Chalet (201)791-8850 Saddle Brook, New 
Jersey since 04/91. Sysop: Ronnie Meier. Using 
MajorBBS 6.25 with 24 lines on MS-DOS with 877 
MB storage. Practical at 14400 bps. $10 Monthly fee. 
Where new friends meet. Send us our picture we will 
put it on Chat Chalet so you can download it. (free) 

The Spirit of Play (201)854-2728 North Bergen, 
New Jersey since 03/95. Sysop: Frank Silvestro. 
Using MajorBBS 6.2 with 8 lines on MS-DOS with 
2000 MB storage. US Robotics at 14400 bps. $.50 
Hourly fee. Nothing but the spirit of play. Multi-player 
games including Doom, Doom II, Warpath, Spectre 
VR, Heretic and more. Full Internet access, 
ThetaNet, Worldlink, Chatlink and files. Come and 
play with the world. 


BEACON STUDIOS BBS (201)863-5253 Union City, 
New Jersey since 01/93. Sysop: Conrad Scott. Using 
MajorBBS 6.21 with 23 lines on MS-DOS with 15090 
MB storage. Supra at 14400 bps. $.50 Hourly fee. 
Free downloads for new users with 60 min. allowed 
daily. Over 70,000 files on 14 CD's. New Jersey’s 
only WorldLink and ChatLink BBS linked every night. 
Internet e-mail, newsgroups, MajorNet, FidoNet and 

Afterimage Information Matrix (201)887-2020 

Florham Park, New Jersey since 03/94. Sysop: 
Anthony Stramaglia. Using MajorBBS 6.2 with 24 
lines on MS-DOS with 5000 MB storage. Multitech at 
28800 bps. $12.50 Monthly fee. Full Internet: IRC, 
SLIP, Telnet, FTP, Archie, Gopher, shell accounts 
and more. Over 5GB of CD’s and files. Multiuser 
games, 4-player DOOM DOOM2, local and Interlink 
chatting. Local, MajorNet, Infinet and Internet e-mail 
and newsforums. Check us out. 

Jezebel’s Parlour BBS (201)927-2932 Flanders, 
New Jersey since 04/92. Sysop: Beverly Delisa. 
Using TBBS 2.2 with 12 lines on MS-DOS with 3720 
MB storage. US Robotics at 19200 bps. $50 Annual 
fee. Over 7 gigabytes of files, including adult graph¬ 
ics. New in-house scanned GIF files added each 
week. Online games and databases, user to user 
chat, conference areas, and adult matchmaking. The 
BBS with the feminine touch. 

The Starship ][ BBS (201)935-1485 Rutherford, 
New Jersey since 07/80. Sysop: Philip J. Buonomo. 
Using TBBS 2.3 with 32 lines on MS-DOS with 
10000 MB storage. V.32bis at 14400 bps. No fee. 
Operating for 15+ years, Starship is one of the oldest 
& most successful bbs systems ever. Free public 
access, adult, non-adult topics, chat, files & games, 
full internet access, it's the home of multi-BBS Global 
Chat Live. telnet:starship.com to access. 

ABSOLUTE BLISS (202)234-0750 Washington, DC 
since 03/95. Sysop: Pussy Willow. Using MajorBBS 
6.25 with 20 lines on MS-DOS with 4000 MB storage. 
AT&T Paradyne at 14400 bps. $.60 Hourly fee. 
Washington DC’s hot, irreverant, in your face, all¬ 
adult, online system. Not a good place for cardiac 
patients or southern Baptists! Come online and get 
rowdy with the thousands of users who know how to 
make Bliss happen. MC/VISA 


Models On-Line (203)529-7761 Wethersfield, 
Connecticut since 11/94. Sysop: Joe Leone. Using 
Wildcat 4.01 with 1 line on MS-DOS with 750 MB 
storage. US Robotics at 14400 bps. No fee. Online 
model photo-database. View hundreds of photos of 
Connecticut models and models from other parts of 
the country. Graphic terminal program required to 
view photos which can be downloaded free on the 
board. 30 minutes day, 24 hours day. 

T-Shirts Online (205)880-6309 Huntsville, Alabama 
since 06/94. Sysop: Mike DeVaudreuil. Using 
PCBoard 15.1 with 1 line on MS-DOS with 540 MB 
storage. US Robotics at 14400 bps. No fee. Upload 
your favorite graphic file and we'll custom print it on a 
hight quality t-shirt and mail it to you. High resolution, 
full color. No minimum quantity. If you can see it on a 
computer screen, we can print it on a t-shirt. 

Barter America BBS (206)770-2364 Puyallup, 
Washington since 02/91. Sysop: Douglas Jones. 
Using MajorBBS 6.25 with 20 lines on MS-DOS with 
500 MB storage. Hayes at 14400 bps. No fee. Telnet 
access 192.207.47.72 We have Chatlink plus netac- 
cess newsgroups and mail. We also have Internet e- 
mail and newsgroups. We accept Visa and Master 
Cards. One can also write a check online. Try our 
dial-out module, we have 200 Internet BBS’s listed. 

CyberMaine (207)998-5710 Poland Spring, Maine 
since 01/95. Sysop: David Wight. Using Excalibur .82 
with 2 lines on WINDOWS with 3500 MB storage. US 
Robotics at 28800 bps. $25 Annual fee. 100% GUI, 
multitasking download while playing games, or read¬ 
ing messages. GIF thumbnails and previews. Online 
GUI games, online GUI mag, online art gallery. 
Internet e-mail and newsgroups. Awesome Graphics! 
Call today and experience CyberMaine. 

ACE InfoSystems (209)833-0291 Tracy, California 
since 08/94. Sysop: Don Mankin. Using MajorBBS 
6.25 with 24 lines on MS-DOS with 1.7 MB storage. 
US Robotics at 14400 bps. $60 Annual fee. Fifteen 
multi-player games including Cybertank, Mutants, 
Swords & Sorcery, Trade Wars, TeleArena, Game 
Connection w/4 player DOOM. Also, shopping mall, 
FAX services, 18 CD's, Internet FTP & Telnet. Telnet 
to 199.190.76.2 or aceinfo.com VISA/MC. 


138 Boardwatch - May 1995 



Exxxtacy Adult BBS (209)962-4045 Pine Mt. Lake, 
California since 06/86. Sysop: Victoria Cummings. 
Using MajorBBS 6.12 with 4 lines on MS-DOS with 
10000 MB storage. US Robotics at 14400 bps. $25 
Annual fee. Large hi-rez adult file collection with 
thousands of erotic files. New member bonus - adult 
burlesque video tape of our California coeds with 
each membership. Also feature chat, online games, 
and more. Visa and Mastercard accepted online. 

The Invention Factory BBS (212)274-8110 New 

York City, New York since 03/84. Sysop: Michael 
Sussell. Using PCBoard 15.1 with 48 lines on MS- 
DOS with 99999 MB storage. US Robotics at 28800 
bps. $15 Monthly fee. New York's best BBS. Free 
downloads for new users. More than 14 gig of share¬ 
ware and freeware. Internet, Usenet, e-mail. Large 
adult files area. MC Visa Amex. 

Midnight Driver Super Data Highway (212)750- 
3643 New York City, New York since 07/93. Sysop: 
Dave Lew. Using PCBoard 15.21 with 4 lines on MS- 
DOS with 5000 MB storage. Hayes at 28800 bps. 
$59.95 Annual fee. Free Internet mail and Usenet 
news. Over 1100 Usenet newsgroups and increasing 
every day. 2 CD-ROMs with tons of shareware. Lots 
of games including the latest Apogee wares. The 
best buy around. Come cruise by and see what all 
the excitement is about. 

Midnight Driver Super Data Highway (212)750- 
3643 New York City, New York since 07/93. Sysop: 
Dave Lew. Using PCBoard 15.21 with 4 lines on MS- 
DOS with 5000 MB storage. Hayes at 28800 bps. 
$59.95 Annual fee. Free Internet mail and Usenet 
news. Over 1100 Usenet newsgroups and increasing 
every day. 2 CD-ROMs with tons of shareware. Lots 
of games including the latest Apogee wares. The 
best buy around. Come cruise by and see what all 
the excitement is about. 

Liberty BBS (213)732-2300 Los Angeles, California 
since 07/92. Sysop: David Saleh. Using MajorBBS 
6.21 with 183 lines on MS-DOS with 15360 MB stor¬ 
age. ZyXEL at 19200 bps. $25 Monthly fee. Local 
from 8 California area codes & Chicago. Nationwide 
ChatLink, WorldLink, MailLink, MajorNet, Internet & 
Usenet newsgroups. Use your modem to call 800- 
474-1818 for local & low cost nationwide SprintNet 
access information. Chat, games, news & more. 

The Game Board (214)289-4345 Dallas, Texas 
since 05/94. Sysop: Alan Bradshaw. Using MajorBBS 
6.02 with 10 lines on MS-DOS with 2600 MB storage. 
US Robotics at 28800 bps. $2 Hourly fee. Interactive 
multi-player DOOM. Real time chat rooms and e-mail 
let you really get to know your enemies. 


The Anarchist’s BBS (214)289-8328 Dallas, Texas 
since 06/93. Sysop: Alan Bradshaw. Using MajorBBS 
6.2 with 12 lines on MS-DOS with 2500 MB storage. 
US Robotics at 28800 bps. No fee. Categories 
include: bombs, computer hacking, drugs, fake ID, 
firearms, fraud and con games, investigative tech¬ 
niques, locksmithing, phone phreaking, political, 
revenge, sex, surveillance, and survival. Encrypted 
email. No ID verification. 

gigaMART (214)513-1928 Irving, Texas since 10/94. 
Sysop: Victor Flauta. Using Excalibur 0.72 with 2 
lines on WINDOWS with 540 MB storage. Zoom at 
28800 bps. No fee. Computers, CD-ROM, share¬ 
ware, jewelry, real estate, electronics, spy, match¬ 
maker, medical, health, travel, toys & gifts, arcade, 
books, resume, discounted phone calls, lingerie, 
adult, art, office supplies, beauty shop, sports, flea 
market and many more. 

Entrepreneur HQ BBS (214)821-1270 Dallas, Texas 
since 03/95. Sysop: Scotty Votaw. Using Excalibur 
.82 with 4 lines on WINDOWS with 540 MB storage. 
Hayes at 28800 bps. No fee. Business opportunities 
online. Read and DL about businesses currently for 
sale. View and DL listing of franchisors, their offering, 
assistance and costs. Seeking capital view directory 
listings. 

The Magic Bus (215)628-2646 Ambler, 
Pennsylvania since 06/93. Sysop: Matt Payne. Using 
MajorBBS 6.2 with 32 lines on MS-DOS with 1050 
MB storage. Hayes at 28800 bps. No fee. 
Philadelphia’s fastest growing BBS. 32 lines up to 
28.8. Online multi-player MUD games, nation-chat, 
world-wide mail transfers, 6 CD-ROM’s online, 
matchmaker, RIP support, and much, much more. 

ONIX (215)883-1900 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
since 04/87. Sysop: Jeff N Miller. Using MajorBBS 
6.25 with 32 lines on MS-DOS with 2550 MB storage. 
US Robotics at 28800 bps. $15 Monthly fee. 
Philadelphia’s friendliest BBS. 45 multi-player 
games. Files for IBM, Amiga, MAC, Windows. Local 
& national chat lines. Live Internet services. 
MajorNet, Worldlink, Chatlink. A Boardwatch Top 100 
BBS. 30 days free for new members. Telnet: 
198.70.191.82 

Newtown Express BBS (215)943-6806 Newtown, 
Pennsylvania since 10/91. Sysop: Anthony Maglietta. 
Using PCBoard 15.2 with 16 lines on MS-DOS with 
28000 MB storage. US Robotics at 28800 bps. $20 
Quarterly fee. 300-28.8K Baud. The largest selection 
of files in the area (PA, NJ, DE). The largest selec¬ 
tion of original adult GIFs in the area. Dedicated 386 
and 486 nodes for fast, reliable service. Preview the 
adult GIFs before downloading. Call for details. 


PC-Ohio PCBoard (216)381-3320 Cleveland, Ohio 
since 09/85. Sysop: Norm Henke. Using PCBoard 
15.21/100 with 52 lines on MS-DOS with 19000 MB 
storage. US Robotics at 14400 bps. $52 Annual fee. 
Planet Connect satellite connection. 22 Email net¬ 
works including the Internet as pcohio.com. 100,000 
files, 250 game doors, 5000 conferences. Hayes 
V.34 28800 modems at 216-691-3030. 

Homes OnLine, Inc (216)562-4006 Cleveland, Ohio 
since 06/94. Sysop: Paul Moon. Using MajorBBS 
6.21 with 4 lines on MS-DOS with 528 MB storage. 
US Robotics at 14400 bps. No fee. Searchable data¬ 
base of real estate for sale with online color photos. 
Advertising is open to the public & agents. We do all 
the scanning & data input for you. Call 1-800-896- 
9002 (voice) for advertising info. 

National Justice Centre BBS (216)740-2137 

Youngstown, Ohio since 05/94. Sysop: Sheriff Ed 
Nemeth. Using MajorBBS 6.2 with 4 lines on MS- 
DOS with 4500 MB storage. Supra at 28800 bps. No 
fee. Sheriffs, police, jails, prisons and the National 
Emergency Number Association (NENA) find this 
BBS serves their policy and communications needs 
admirably. E-Mail, numberous forums and relavent 
file libraries strengthen law enforcement, jails & E-9- 


Fantasy Land BBS (217)535-1005 Springfield, 
Illinois since 12/91. Sysop: Steve Horrighs, Jr. Using 
PCBoard 15.2 with 5 lines on MS-DOS with 10000 
MB storage. US Robotics at 28800 bps. $45 Annual 
fee. Simply the best. 5+ Megs added daily. Lots of 
doors. Thousands of message echos from more than 
9 national mail networks w/ 3 adults only networks. 
1/3 of files online are adult related. Fast online 
instant upgrades with VISA, MC. Download on first 
call. 

ComChat Online Services (218)847-8340 Detroit 
Lakes, Minnesota since 11/93. Sysop: David W. 
Johnston. Using MajorBBS 6.2 with 60 lines on MS- 
DOS with 210 MB storage. Hayes at 14400 bps. No 
fee. Internet, Galactic Empire, chat, files. Your link to 
the world. For information: email 

sysop@comchat.com; or sign up via modem. Local 
access available in over 600 cities offering monthly 
or hourly rates. VISA and MasterCard welcome. 

Asia Club (301)203-0281 Washington, DC since 
06/94. Sysop: Alex Clarke. Using MajorBBS 6.25 
with 4 lines on MS-DOS with 1000 MB storage. 
Supra at 14400 bps. $.50 Hourly fee. Featuring an 
exclusive penpal filebase of beautiful Asian ladies 
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Infinite Perspectives BBS (301)924-0398 Olney, 
Maryland since 08/88. Sysop: Carl Dickson. Using 
Remote Access v2.02 with 2 lines on MS-DOS with 
4400 MB storage. RPI at 14400 bps. No fee. +100 
Fidonet confs. Internet. 6 CD-ROMs, +25,000 files. 
No ratios. Desktop publishing, business, issue relat¬ 
ed, gen. interest & tech, topics. Free to public w/ spe¬ 
cial subscriber access. Eclectic tastes for those with 
an infinite sense of perspective. 

Hafa Adai Exchange (301)994-9460 Great Mills, 
Maryland since 01/91. Sysop: Todd Cochrane. Using 
Wildcat 4.10M with 2 lines on MS-DOS with 20500 
MB storage. US Robotics at 28800 bps. $2 Monthly 
fee. 8 online CD-Roms 50+ doors planet connect 
equipped free Internet e-mail Usenet, Fido 
1:2612/114. We will cater to your special interest 
group we are very Political. Call today kick your feet 
back and sit a spell. 

The Digital Inn (303)296-1300 Denver, Colorado 
since 03/94. Sysop: Steve Adams. Using TBBS 2.3 
with 10 lines on MS-DOS with 17000 MB storage. 
Intel at 14400 bps. $10 Monthly fee. 18 CD ROM’s 
online, Internet telnet, ftp, email, newsgroups, 
SLIP/PPP via T1 line. FidoNet, USA Today, 
Boardwatch, great message areas, games, Ultrachat, 
150,000 files. Home of HotelNet online services for 
the hospitality industry. Free test drive. 

DLS InfoNet (303)347-2921 Littleton, Colorado since 
11/92. Sysop: Jerry McCarthy. Using Wildcat 3.91 
with 5 lines on MS-DOS with 8300 MB storage. 
Supra at 14400 bps. $14.95 Annual fee. User friendly 
with the personal touch. Large file database, 110 file 
areas, well maintained. Extensive Windows area. No 
upload, download ratios. Internet e-mail & 120 news- 
groups. RIP graphics. USA Today. Time bank door. 
Free trial period. Give us a call. 

The File Bank, Inc (303)534-4646 Denver, Colorado 
since 01/93. Sysop: Bartee Westerberg. Using TBBS 
2.3M[32] with 22 lines on MS-DOS with 24000 MB 
storage. Hayes at 28800 bps. $10 Monthly fee. ASP 
approved BBS & one of the finest collections of IBM 
compatible shareware. Many free download areas 
including extensive libraries of astronomy software & 
data files. Message areas, online games, chat. VISA, 
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Sound Doctrine BBS (303)680-7209 Aurora, 
Colorado since 01/87. Sysop: Tim Williams. Using 
TBBS 2.2 with 5 lines on MS-DOS with 80000 MB 
storage. Supra at 19200 bps. No fee. A clean bbs to 
connect with and free, Luke 16:13. 7+gig of files. 
Order free items while on-line. Free Internet & 
Suffering Christian alert area. Where nonbelievers 
can ask the questions their Christian friends wish 
they wouldn't. Hundreds of msg boards. 

The Fetish Network BBS (305)370-7007 Ft. 

Lauderdale, Flordia since 01/92. Sysop: Dianna 
Vesta. Using MajorBBS 6.02 with 70 lines on MS- 
DOS with 100 MB storage. PPI at 28800 bps. No fee. 
The Fetish Network offers magazines & videos from 
famous scene players. Excellent information & 
resource center for contacts and listings. Shopping, 
chat, games. Instant access. Full Internet access 
telent:198.69.101.20 (FETISH.Wisenet.Com). 

BPC PowerStation BBS (305)383-2341 Miami, 
Florida since 01/95. Sysop: Harvey Peters. Using 
PCBoard 15.21 with 4 lines on MS-DOS with 1000 
MB storage. Supra at 28800 bps. No fee. This sys¬ 
tem is Miami's newest and hottest BBS. It features 
multi-line chatting, latest online games, online shop¬ 
ping mall, many mail networks, latest & greatest 
shareware, and much more. No ratio’s. Monthly 
online contests. We dare you to call. Call now. 

Data Highway (305)797-9841 Ft. Laud, Florida since 
04/94. Sysop: C. Goodale. Using MajorBBS 6.12 
with 11 lines on MS-DOS with 1250 MB storage. US 
Robotics at 14400 bps. $10 Monthly fee. Catering to 
the working, after work professionals, and non-pro¬ 
fessionals who want to network, research, or just 
relax with games or chat online. Internet access now 
online. Games, chat, Internet mail, telnet, ftp, finger, 
preprogrammed sites to visit. 

WorldWorks Symposium (310)312-3370 Los 

Angeles, California since 11/94. Sysop: Richard 
Stutsman. Using NovaLink Pro 3.11 with 4 lines on 
MACINTOSH with 1500 MB storage. PPI at 28800 
bps. $30 Hourly fee. Telnet worldworks.com. An 
online symposium on how the world works. What 
really happened at Waco? Is the CIA a secret gov¬ 
ernment? Are we being visited by extraterrestrial 
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Hotel California BBS (310)407-1300 Santa Fe 
Springs, California since 02/94. Sysop: Richard. 
Using MajorBBS 6.21 F with 64 lines on MS-DOS 
with 25000 MB storage. Zyxel at 28800 bps. $15 
Monthly fee. 47 online CD’s with over 250,000 adult 
files. National Worldlink chatting system, online 
games, Internet access, matchmaking and much 
more. Unlimited access. Major credit cards accepted. 
Immediate access. 

HOMES FOR SALE ON-LINE (310)471-6159 

Beverly Hills, California since 06/94. Sysop: 
Multimedia Realty. Using Wildcat 3.9 with 16 lines 
on MS-DOS with 2500 MB storage. Hayes at 14400 
bps. No fee. Review and advertise homes for sale in 
all Southern California communities at no charge. For 
sale by owner and by agent listings are acceptable. 
Career opportunity information. Voice: (310)649- 
6991 x101. (Lines and MB are forecast.) 

Appian Way BBS Online Service (310)598-8460 

Long Beach, California since 06/94. Sysop: Mark E. 
Johnson. Using TBBS 2.3 with 4 lines on MS-DOS 
with 800 MB storage. Hayes at 28800 bps. $3 
Monthly fee. TTY, ANSI, RIP. Internet email & 70 
newsgroups. USA Today, information on local, state 
& federal goverment access. National TWINS mailing 
list, science, philosophy, religion, fine arts, communi¬ 
ty affairs. User friendly and reliable system. 

HEALTH ONLINE (310)831-6775 San Pedro, 
California since 10/94. Sysop: Jerome Dorsey. Using 
TBBS 2.3 with 4 lines on MS-DOS with 1540 MB 
storage. US Robotics at 28800 bps. No fee. Files 
and forums for healthcare professionals, caregivers, 
patients and anyone interested in health. Traditional 
and alternative health files plus games and more. A 
unique BBS. We’re new and growing fast. New files 
and features added regularly. Internet. 

Fantasia Online Information System (310)986- 
9705 Signal Hill, California since 02/91. Sysop: Brian 
Andrus. Using TBBS 2.3 with 5 lines on MS-DOS 
with 5000 MB storage. US Robotics at 28800 bps. 
$10 Monthly fee. Free Internet. Official Apogee 
release site. Latest shareware games and more. 
Online games, MUD, national linked chat. Tech sup¬ 
port for the cyber-challenged. The carpoll lane on the 
information superhighway. 



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THUNDERBOLT! (312)248-4822 Chicago, Illinois 
since 02/90. Sysop: Zeus. Using MajorBBS 6.21f 
with 10 lines on MS-DOS with 16000 MB storage. 
Supra at 14400 bps. $0.01 Hourly fee. Where the 
GODS come to play. Tele-Arena, Mutants, Galactic 
Empire, DOOM, Megatron VGA, and Panzerkreig. 
Internet, MajorNet, NetAccess. ChatLink, biggest 
BBS chat network in the world. Chicago’s longest 
running entertainment MajorBBS. Free guest access. 

Compu-Erotica (312)902-3599 Chicago, Illinois 
since 07/84. Sysop: Tiger. Using Custom 5.5 with 32 
lines on DEC Vax 3600 with 1500 MB storage. US 
Robotics at 38400 bps. $.15 Hourly fee. If you like 
your chat hot, you’ll love CEBBS. Alternate lifestyle 
chat-conferences, erotic shopping, active party cal¬ 
endar, unique chat features, internet mail and more. 
Chicago’s LARGEST adult BBS with over 500,000 
served! Women free after v/v. V/MC/D. 


Digital Marine (312)930-7981 Chicago, Illinois since 
03/95. Sysop: Ralph Harrington. Using MediaHost 1 
with 2 lines on WINDOWS with 1000 MB storage. US 
Robotics at 28800 bps. No fee. BBS for the boating 
enthusiast. Chat, mail, new and used boat database 
w/color picture. We'll list your boat w/color picture 
free. We’re located at 30 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 900 
Chicago, IL 60606. Voice 312-930-7801. 

Cyber Systems Network (313)697-1885 Belleville, 
Michigan since 09/94. Sysop: Paul Bevins. Using 
MajorBBS 6.25 with 8 lines on MS-DOS with 3000 
MB storage. US Robotics at 14400 bps. $10 Monthly 
fee. 3+ gig adult & shareware files. Adult online 
shopping, Chatlink (chat with up to 400 users), 4 
player modem Doom 1&2, Fidonet, Adult-Links mes¬ 
sage bases. Full Internet connection due Feb 1st. All 
this and much, much, more. Call now. 

Absolutely Adult BBS (317)297-7225 Indianapolis, 
Indiana since 02/95. Sysop: Gene Wyatt. Using 
TBBS 2.3 with 8 lines on MS-DOS with 10000 MB 
storage. Hayes at 14400 bps. $1.00 Hourly fee. 
Strictly adult oriented with multi-chat areas, adult 
GIFs, registration and ID verification required. Alias 
sign-on with strict confidentiality of all information. 

Modem Nat ion-Indianapolis (317)322-5600 

Indianapolis, Indiana since 10/94. Sysop: Tom 
Beyer. Using MajorBBS V6.25 with 12 lines on MS- 
DOS with 1000 MB storage. Supra at 14400 bps. 
$0.25 Hourly fee. 12 lines 24 hours featuring 
WorldLink and MajorNet. Lots of files, lots of games, 
featuring Tradewars 2002. We’re all part of The 
Modem Nation. Join today. 


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Multidata Adult BBS (318)746-3446 Bossier, 
Louisiana since 04/93. Sysop: Baby Dahl. Using 
PC Board 15.1 with 3 lines on MS-DOS with 2400 MB 
storage. Supra at 14400 bps. $25.00 Annual fee. 
Multidata BBS caters to adults only. Mention this ad 
& get trial access. Three CDROMs devoted to sex-e 
VGA-SVGA GIFs that will melt your monitor. 700 
erotic x-text files & hundreds of GL-DL Movies. 
Female sysops. LustNet conferences, online chat. 

Atlanta Windows BBS (404)516-0048 Woodstock, 
Georgia since 01/91. Sysop: Warren Royal. Using 
PCBoard 15.21 with 14 lines on MS-DOS with 6000 
MB storage. US Robotics at 28800 bps. $40 Annual 
fee. Leading Windows-oriented BBS specializing in 
Windows and OS/2 shareware, public domain, and 
discussions. Full Internet access with 8 telnet-in 
nodes (telnet to bbs.atlwin.com to see the system). 
Over 10,000 newsgroups, ftp, www, gopher, archie, 


The INDEX System TBBS (404)924-8472 

Woodstock, Georgia since 04/83. Sysop: Rodney A. 
Aloia. Using TBBS 2.3 with 45 lines on MS-DOS with 
5000 MB storage. Hayes at 28800 bps. No fee. This 
Is a BBS for the serious modem’er. Internet, FidoNet, 
games, chat, files messages, on one of Atlanta’s old¬ 
est and largest BBS’s. Great fun. Local to Athens 
and LaGrange, GA. Operated by INDEX, the place to 
buy BBS S/W. 

Substation BBS (407)477-5756 Boca Raton, Florida 
since 04/86. Sysop: Paul Blaccard. Using PCBoard 
15.0 with 4 lines on MS-DOS with 9000 MB storage. 
US Robotics at 16800 bps. $30 Annual fee. 
Dependable quality BBS system. Featuring loads of 
DOS shareware files with one of the most exciting 
adult areas. Mentioned in the book More Joy of 
Cybersex for its innovative adult scans. Voice sup¬ 
port (407)477-5755. 

Nitelog BBS (408)655-1096 Monterey, California 
since 02/89. Sysop: Karl Van Lear. Using PCBoard 
15.2 with 40 lines on MS-DOS with 16300 MB stor¬ 
age. US Robotics at 28800 bps. $25 Quarterly fee. 
Adult files, Dos, Windows, MAC, Amiga files. Internet 
services: email, newsgrups, slip, cslip, ppp (ask 
sysop about the IP accounts). Hugh file selection 
with around 100 or more new files added daily. High 
quality weather maps, satellite TV listings. 


HouseNet (410)745-2037 St. Michaels, Maryland 
since 05/91, Sysop: Gene Hamilton. Using Wildcat 
4.01 with 7 lines on MS-DOS with 2200 MB storage. 
Hayes at 28800 bps, $35 Annual fee, The only BBS 
with expert home repair and remodeling information 
on the Internet. Full Internet connection, Telnet: 
housenet.com. Meeting place in cyberspace for 
house nuts. Friendly sysops, newsletter, monthly tool 
giveaway, 30 min. free a day. 

Cynosure Online (410)781-6271 Eldersburg, 
Maryland since 01/87. Sysop: Doug Granzow. Using 
Wildcat 4.10 with 3 lines on MS-DOS with 890 MB 
storage. US Robotics at 28800 bps. $23 Annual fee. 
($15/yr for sysops & students) Internet email & 
Usenet since 1991. 14 day free trial available on first 
call. No adult files. Easy to use, monthly contests, 
instant validation, friendly sysop. Something for 
everyone, but emphasis on music, entertainment. 

Unique Online Information Services (410)796- 
7951 Elkridge, Maryland since 12/93. Sysop: 
Thomas Winn. Using TBBS 2.3 with 7 lines on MS- 
DOS with 4000 MB storage. US Robotics at 28800 
bps. No fee. 4000+ Usenet newsgroups, QWK, 16 
CD-ROMs including Fashion World Gifs, chat, 60+ 
games including TradeWars 2002, Game 
Connection, Virtual SysOp, real estate, auto & 
swimware w/Fracterm, USA Today, Online Access, 
Boardwatch, PC Catalog, Newsbytes, Fido. 

the spa! (413)536-4365 Springfield, Massachusetts 
since 02/89. Sysop: Matthew de Jongh. Using TBBS 
2.3 with 32 lines on MS-DOS with 25000 MB storage. 
Hayes at 28800 bps. $45 Annual fee. Voted #15 in 
1994 Boardwatch Contest. Largest system in 
Western Mass. Over 5,000 active users. Very active 
chat and multiuser games. 30 CD-ROMs online. Full 
Internet access & slip. Local community information. 
Local newspaper and ABC-TV online. 

The Natural Connection BBS (414)426-2110 

Oshkosh, Wisconsin since 05/93. Sysop: Pat 
O’Brien. Using PCBoard 15.21 with 02 lines on MS- 
DOS with 2000 MB storage. Supra at 28800 bps. No 
fee. We're working to be the best source of informa¬ 
tion on nude recreation in America. Learn where to 
go clothesless on our BBS. We carry lots of files, 
nudist GIFs and we’re Fido, PODs (Pagan/Wicca) 
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VirComm BBS - Wauwatosa (414)453-0545 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin since 09/93. Sysop: Tony 
Hunter. Using FirstClass 2.6 with 5 lines on MACIN¬ 
TOSH with 2000 MB storage. Hayes at 14400 bps. 
$45 Annual fee. Downloadable clients for Mac and 
Windows users, supports command-line too. 7 online 
CDs and daily uploads support both platforms. Easy 
point and click operation using graphical interface. 
Offers Internet email, 150+ Usenet newsgroups, 
friendly sysops. 

The Back Door BBS (414)744-1962 Milwaukee, 
Wisconsin since 06/91. Sysop: Paul Parkinson. 
Using TBBS 2.3 with 23 lines on MS-DOS with 
15000 MB storage. Microcom at 28800 bps. $50 
Annual fee. Adult nets, 24 CD's, games, remote d/I, 
shopping, chat poker links, Interchange, Internet 
mail, databases, huge text area and so much more. 
CC online check TABS. Free trial. (Special: all veri¬ 
fied LD (outside 414) callers can get 3 months Free. 
Exp 10/95 

Liberty BBS (415)325-6781 Palo Alto, California 
since 07/92. Sysop: David Saleh. Using MajorBBS 

6.21 with 183 lines on MS-DOS with 15360 MB stor¬ 
age. ZyXEL at 19200 bps. $25 Monthly fee. Local 
from 8 California area codes & Chicago. Nationwide 
ChatLink, WorldLink, MailLink, MajorNet, Internet & 
Usenet newsgroups. Use your modem to call 800- 
474-1818 for local & low cost SprintNet nationwide 
access info. Chat, games, news, & much more. 

The Skull (415)579-5544 San Francisco, California 
since 08/84. Sysop: The Dozer. Using PCBoard 

15.21 with 16 lines on MS-DOS with 20000 MB stor¬ 
age. US Robotics at 28800 bps. $10 Quarterly fee. 
Highest quality Asian adult graphics in the country. 
Skull CD ROM available. We have full motion video 
w/sound. Our objective is high quality adult images. 
Great rates. User friendly. 20 gigabytes of adult 
images. Internet access via telnet too. 

INTIMATE IMAGES ONLINE (415)598-0898 

Redwood City, California since 02/94. Sysop: Tom 
Nelson. Using Wildcat 3.90P with 13 lines on MS- 
DOS with 3000 MB storage. US Robotics at 28800 
bps. $45 Half Year fee. Specializing in scans of our 
own original adult photography. Video for Windows 
clips from our own original videos. Home of the 
Women of PBG. Professional and Ameteur models. 
Free sample images. No recycled magazine scans. 


INTERACT (415)961-6911 Palo Alto, California since 
12/94. Sysop: Eric Knight. Using TBBS 2.3 with 16 
lines on MS-DOS with 500 MB storage. US Robotics 
at 14400 bps. $7 Monthly fee. The interactive enter¬ 
tainment system. 16 lines of live action chat, multi¬ 
player games, and more. Instant free trial access on 
first call. Flat-rate subscriptions provide unlimited 
use. INTERACT is for adults 18 and over only. Give 
us a call. 

ComputerLink Online Incorporated (416)233-5410 

Toronto, Ontario since 05/92. Sysop: Bill Campbell. 
Using MajorBBS 6.21 with 66 lines on MS-DOS with 
15000 MB storage. US Robotics at 19200 bps. $8.90 
Monthly fee. Canada’s largest graphical BBS. 
Featuring over 120,000 files with unlimited download¬ 
ing, new files daily via satellite feed, Internet and 
Majornet, Tradewars 2002, adult files, online conver¬ 
sation, free new user seminars, free trial member- 

RAIN (Random Access Information Network) 
(503)695-3250 Corbett, Oregon since 01/88. Sysop: 
Mariel. Using Wildcat 4.0 with 8 lines on MS-DOS 
with 10000 MB storage. AT&T at 14400 bps. $50 
Annual fee. Credit cards available online. Demo 
users 15 m. daily, subscribers 90m. Extensive file 
areas for all operating systems. Latest shareware & 
GIFs. RIME, Internet, Usenet & satellite feeds. 400+ 
conference areas, chats, CDRom server, Timedoor. 

Del’s Place BBS (503)760-7409 Portland, Oregon 
since 05/94. Sysop: Shawn Rutledge. Using 
MajorBBS 6.25 with 10 lines on MS-DOS with 3000 
MB storage. BOCA at 14400 bps. $2 Monthly fee. 
We have telnet, ftp in and out. Internet mail, 
usegroups, modem to modem gaming door games, 
MajorMUD, other muds, chat, casino, CD-ROM file 
area, and much more. 30 minutes free per day. 
Telnet ftp address 204.119.21.1. Call us with 
Ripterm. 

THE ADULT HANGOUT BBS (508)746-6010 

Plymouth, Massachusetts since 04/92. Sysop: 
Winger. Using MajorBBS 6.25 with 38 lines on MS- 
DOS with 46000 MB storage. US Robotics at 28800 
bps. No fee. A bbs devoted to adults. Over 55,000 
adult files online. Matchmaking, chat, adultgames, 
national netmail, adult flowershop, adult CD-Store, 
adult service directory, adult classifieds and much 
more. With local access numbers in 1510+ cities 
worldwide. 


RANGER BBS (508)793-0943 Worcester, 
Massachusetts since 11/93. Sysop: Stephen H. 
Using Wildcat 4.01 with 4 lines on MS-DOS with 
2500 MB storage. Zoom at 14400 bps. $65 Annual 
fee. The fastest growing board in the N.East. Adult 
live chat, 61+ conf, including Talk Dirty to Me. 1000’s 
of GIFS from tame to bizarre, Internet accounts, 
games and more. Free ten day trial. Call today. Must 
be over 18 years old w/proof of age. 

Tiger Team Buddhist Information Network 
(510)268-0102 Berkeley, California since 06/92. 
Sysop: Jeffrey Macko. Using Wildcat 4.10 with 8 
lines on MS-DOS with 2600 MB storage. Supra at 
28800 bps. $40 Annual fee. America’s Buddhist 
online service. Buddhist conferences, texts, transla¬ 
tions, GIF artwork, programs and national event list¬ 
ings. BodhiNet & Usenet conferences, Internet e- 
mail. Connect with Buddhist Masters, monks/nuns, 
scholars and lay practitioners. 

The GIFt Shop Image Center (tm) (510)609-1123 

Concord, California since 09/92. Sysop: Waik Gan. 
Using Wildcat 4 with 24 lines on MS-DOS with 
50000 MB storage. US Robotics at 28800 bps. $18 
Quarterly fee. The absolute hottest adult BBS in the 
world. The world’s best scans originate right here. 
Hundreds of thousands of adult graphics. To get the 
best images in the world, you just need to push the 
right buttons. Free samples. VISA MC Discover. 

WoodNet — The Woodworker’s BBS (515)245- 
9663 Des Moines, Iowa since 11/94. Sysop: Gordon 
Gaippe. Using MajorBBS 6.25 with 4 lines on MS- 
DOS with 1,000 MB storage. ZyXEL at 19200 bps. 
$29.95 Annual fee. New BBS just for woodworkers. 
Project plans to download, forums, teleconfing, 
GIF’s, back issue index for 27 woodworking maga¬ 
zines, plus sources for tools and supplies. First 
month FREE. $19.95/6 mo. or $29.95/12 mo. for full 
access. ANSI and RIP. 

America’s Suggestion Box (ASB) (516)471-8625 

Ronkonkoma, New York since 02/92. Sysop: Joe 
Jerszynski. Using TBBS 2.3 with 40 lines on MS- 
DOS with 16000 MB storage. US Robotics at 28800 
bps. $20 Quarterly fee. Full Internet access, 
SLIP/PPP, shell, Mamouth BBS with 150,000 files, 
Clarinews Hot Chat system, online shopping mall, 
PC-Catalog, Boardwatch, USA-Today online. Voted 
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CYBER-NET ON-LINE (516)563-1788 Bohemia, 
New York since 08/94. Sysop: Troy Morr. Using 
MajorBBS 6.25 with 8 lines on MS-DOS with 100 MB 
storage. US Robotics at 14400 bps. $25 Annual fee. 
The Collectible and PC Gaming Network. Thousands 
of pc game and collectible related files, multi-player 
DOOM II, Heretic, ROTT, DESCENT and many more 
PC games. Tournaments held daily. Come join 
America’s fastest growing pc gaming network. 

Alternative Insights (516)676-0741 Glen Head, 
New York since 03/94. Sysop: Celia Varga. Using 
PCBoard 15.2 with 3 lines on MS-DOS with 3.1 G MB 
storage. Supra at 28800 bps. $60 Annual fee. New 
Age & Science. Ephemerides, atlas, skywatch, online 
magazines, birth info database, FidoNet, PODNet, 
RelayNet, Usenet newsgroups, chat, files, doors, 
new users, first month free access. Entertainment & 
enlightenment. Give us a call. 

Hi-Teck’s Place (516)757-0210 Long Island, New 
York since 07/91. Sysop: Hi-Teck Pete. Using 
PCBoard 15.0 with 16 lines on MS-DOS with 23000 
MB storage. US Robotics at 19200 bps. $40 Annual 
fee. BBS for graphics scans and shareware. Over 
80,000 quality GIF & hi-color scans online, also DOS, 
Windows & adult files. Credit membership online. 
One of the largest BBS in the northeast. Internet 
access. Telnet htp.com. Connect and teck us out for 
free. 

Nuthin Fancy BBS (516)797-5376 Long Island, New 
York since 02/94. Sysop: Rob Kern. Using Power 
BBS 4.0 with 2 lines on WINDOWS with 2000 MB 
storage. Supra at 14400 bps. $50 Annual fee. We 
have some of the hottest adult graphics available. 
Large shareware selection. Files added daily. Free 
Internet: email, Usenet newsgroups and FTP-mail. 
Free adult trial memberships available. Call today. 
Our fee is small but, our selection isn't. 

Alice’s Restaurant Adult BBS (516)868-5683 

Merrick, New York since 11/94. Sysop: Alice/George. 
Using MajorBBS 6.21 with 12 lines on MS-DOS with 
1080 MB storage. US Robotics at 28800 bps. $40 
Quarterly fee. Adults only. Uncensored Chat, 
Message areas. (7) CD-Rom file Libraries. Forums. 
GIFs, TXT files. Come check us out. 

House Of Files BBS (516)938-6722 Hicksville, New 
York since 08/85. Sysop: Jim Toro. Using TBBS 2.3 
with 64 lines on MS-DOS with 35000 MB storage. US 
Robotics at 28800 bps. $100 Lifetime fee. Largest 
file system in New York. Over 150,000 files always 
online. Over 10,000 music files, and tens of thou¬ 
sands of others. Internet FTP, Telnet, Usenet. Call us 
and find out why hundreds of sysops subscribe to 
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Voice 315.452.3325 
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Wolverine (517)695-9952 Freeland, Michigan since 
07/88. Sysop: Rick Rosinski. Using PCBoard 15.2 
with 7 lines on MS-DOS with 14000 MB storage. US 
Robotics at 28800 bps. No fee. Mid-Michigan’s best 
BBS. Thousands of files for Windows, IBM, Amiga, 
Mac, more. Official support BBS for SkyGlobe. 
Planet Connect, PC Catalog, NewsBytes, 
USAToday, Weather maps, Travel Search. Fido, 
RIME, USPolNet, Internet email, 4500+ Newsgroups. 


Mugwumps (612)240-6857 St Cloud, Minnesota 
since 07/94. Sysop: Dale Hites. Using Mugwumps 
1.01 with 4 lines on MS-DOS with 512 MB storage. 
PPI at 19200 bps. $30 Annual fee. We are a continu¬ 
ally evolving gamer's board, evolving towards the 
one goal of being the gamer’s community by offering 
a variety of multi-player strategy and role-playing 
games, forums for discussion, reviews, and contests. 


GraF/X BBS (520)282-9035 Sedona, Arizona since 
03/90. Sysop: Vicki Bardwell. Using MajorBBS 6.25 
with 20 lines on MS-DOS with 13000 MB storage. 
Zoom at 28800 bps. $.50 Hourly fee. Uncensored 
adult & original GIFs, monthly TW2002 contest, IQ- 
20 megs of new shareware daily, Internet, Usenet, 
MajorNet, Nationwide ChatLink, & CSHOW support. 
30 min. Free access. Local & 800 number access. 
GraF/X is available via BBS Direct 800-745-2747 

PsYcHoBaBbLe BBS (601)332-9453 Greenville, 
Mississippi since 10/91. Sysop: Doug Cole. Using 
Wildcat 4.10 with 2 lines on MS-DOS with 3000 MB 
storage. Hayes at 19200 bps. No fee. Free Internet 
e-mail access; Fido conferences; huge file collection 
including most popular CDs (non-adult); Self-help 
files; Over 90 registed doors; Fax capabilities; Mail 
door options; Home of the Musical Menus. Super 
sysop support. 

PHOENIX ONLINE (602)678-5776 Phoenix, Arizona 
since 12/94. Sysop: Richard Keyt. Using TBBS 2.3 
with 2 lines on MS-DOS with 8000 MB storage. 
AT&T at 14400 bps. $10 Monthly fee. Boardwatch & 
PCM Online magazines; Roger Ebert’s movie 
reviews; games: Virtual Sysop, Super Solitaire, 
Razmataz, Ultra Trivia & many others; 50,000+ files; 
law library; searchable databases; your information & 
entertainment system; unique. 

Mac Line (608)233-9487 Madison, Wisconsin since 
12/89. Sysop: John Allen. Using FirstClass 2.6 with 4 
lines on MACINTOSH with 1400 MB storage. US 
Robotics at 28800 bps. $25 Annual fee. Bulletin 
board for Macintosh users. Mac files, messages, 
chat. 3 CD-ROMs with lots of shareware. Apple 
press releases. Internet email & Usenet newsgroups. 
For more info email: info@macline.com 


The DETOUR BBS (609)896-3691 Lawrenceville, 
New Jersey since 11/92. Sysop: Bill Roman. Using 
PCBoard 15.1 with 15 lines on MS-DOS with 22000 
MB storage. US Robotics at 14400 bps. $45 Annual 
fee. New Jersey’s largest PCBoard BBS. Over 
220,000 files. 29 CD’s online. 1800+ e-mail confer¬ 
ences, continuous satellite feed of files and e-mail. 4 
Gigs, of adult material, monthly contests, free trial 
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The Friendship Express (612)566-5726 

Minneapolis, Minnesota since 12/88. Sysop: Glen 
Williamson. Using MajorBBS 6.21 with 54 lines on 
MS-DOS with 1000 MB storage. US Robotics at 
14400 bps. $1 Hourly fee. Best kept secret in 
America. Part of Majornet. Internet newsgroups e- 
mail. Members in 50 states, Canada. For swingers, 
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etc. Free swing mag. A Boardwatch TOP 100 BBS. 
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Strictly BusinessIBBS (614)538-9250 Columbus, 
Ohio since 12/90. Sysop: Bruce Kullberg. Using 
Wildcat 4.10 with 3 lines on MS-DOS with 5000 MB 
storage. US Robotics at 19200 bps. $35 Annual fee. 
Info exchange for entrepreneurs. Big library of ‘how¬ 
to’ business info. Free Newsletter, neatures: Internet 
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The 3rd Eye Electronic Erotic Magazine (615)227- 
6155 Nashville, Tennessee since 05/86. Sysop: Guru 
Chev. Using TBBS 2.3 with 16 lines on MS-DOS with 
2000 MB storage. Hayes at 28800 bps. $15 Monthly 
fee. Serving open-minded free-thinking couples with 
an interest in the responsible swinging lifestyle. 
Personal ads (all lifestyles). Digitized photos of mem¬ 
bers. Multi-user chat and multi-system chat linkups. 
Organized socials. Lifestyle support. Much more. 

Digital Encounters (615)922-5095 Knoxville, 
Tennessee since 08/94. Sysop: Ann Hodge. Using 
MajorBBS 6.21 with 2 lines on MS-DOS with 4500 
MB storage. Hayes at 14400 bps. $60 Annual fee. 
Adults only, matchmaker service, adult forums 
(Majornet), adult chat, adult files, x-files files forum. 

Flix, Pages & Tunes online! (617)235-0789 Boston, 
Massachusetts since 04/94. Sysop: Chris Donnegan. 
Using TBBS 2.2 with 6 lines on MS-DOS with 8450 
MB storage. Hayes at 19200 bps. $50 Annual fee. 
ASP approved BBS. Internet e-mail & Usenet news- 
groups. Online games. Info features on film, books 
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Crystal Quill (703)241-8757 Arlington, Virginia since 
04/93. Sysop: Crystal. Using MajorBBS 6.21 with 74 
lines on MS-DOS with 4000 MB storage. US 
Robotics at 14400 bps. $.60 Hourly fee. DC's 
Premier BBS. 74 line chat-based system with 
MailLink, Interlink, MajorNet and Internet. 4 Gigs of 
files on CD-ROM, adult & teen areas, multiplayer 
games, matchmaking facilities, MC, VISA, 900; First 
2 hours free. Telnet in. cq.cqi.com 

The Online Entertainment Network (703)264-0255 

Reston, Virginia since 05/94. Sysop: D Clark. Using 
TBBS 2.2 with 4 lines on MS-DOS with 1500 MB 
storage. Microcom at 28800 bps. No fee. We carry 
dozens of online games, including Virtual Sysop, 
Lord, Usurper and many more. Meet new people in 
our chat rooms (local and Int’l). Internet mail and 
newsgroups. Support for DOS, OS/2 and Windows. 
Give us a try today. For more info: toen.com. 

AlterEGO Multiplayer Gaming Server (703)541- 
1014 Washington, DC since 11/94. Sysop: Lawrence 
Brem. Using MajorBBS 6.25 with 10 lines on MS- 
DOS with 1000 MB storage. US Robotics at 28800 
bps. $10.00 Monthly fee. Play 2, 3, or 4 person 
DOOM or Heretic games online. Hundreds of DOOM 
WADs and utilities available, including some 
designed specifically for AlterEGO. Ratings system 
to identify players at your level. Monthly DOOM tour¬ 
naments with prizes. Free trial. 

OnSports OnLine - DC (703)573-2255 Vienna, 
Virginia since 04/94. Sysop: Ray Daly. Using 
Searchlight 4.0 with 4 lines on OS/2 with 1000 MB 
storage. Hayes at 28800 bps. $45 Annual fee. Sports 
chat with RIP, sports files, sports FIDO, sports 
Usenet, sports Internet, sports Planet Connect. RIP 
sports info. Support text, ANSI, recommend RIP call¬ 
ing. If you use a modem, free trial account. 

MARS Media Inc. BBS (703)742-9296 Sterling, 
Virginia since 02/95. Sysop: Mark Smereczniak. 
Using MajorBBS 6.25 with 3 lines on MS-DOS with 
1080 MB storage. PPI at 28800 bps. $0.60 Hourly 
fee. 7.2 gigs of files on 12 CD-ROMs. Internet 
access. We have the Game Connection. Play your 
favorite modem capable game such as Doom with 
multiple players. Adult section, online games, online 
shopping, scanning service and more. VISA/MC 
accepted. 


MegaComm(sm) BBS (703)829-2441 Culpeper, 
Virginia since 04/94. Sysop: Steve Gose. Using 
MajorBBS 6.2 with 2 lines on MS-DOS with 580 MB 
storage. Zoom at 14400 bps. $15 Quarterly fee. 
Fastest growing Central Virginia BBS. Here’s why: 
Phoenix Wargamers’ Guild, Adventurer's Guild & 
Archeological Society, RPGA gaming clubs, 
WarHammer Battlesscenarios and PBM games. Not 
only has games but MegaComm(sm) is a game. You 
must see it today. 

The Outer Limits BBS (708)289-0034 Chicago, 
Illinois since 05/92. Sysop: Mistress Crystal. Using 
Syncronet 1 with 12 lines on MS-DOS with 3000 MB 
storage. Various at 14400 bps. $20 Quarterly fee. 
The Midwest’s best D/s, B/D & fetish online play 
party. Fantasy handles, chat, games, conferences, 
contests, Adultnet, and 3GB of files make us the 
board to explore your fantasies and play. Women 
free, plus no-harassment policy. Visa/MC. 21+ only. 

StarNet, Inc. (708)382-0156 Barrington, Illinois since 
01/95. Sysop: Arun Gulati. Using FirstClass 2.6 with 
9 lines on MACINTOSH with 6144 MB storage. US 
Robotics at 28800 bps. $12.95 Monthly fee. Monthly 
prices from $12.95 (5 free hours/month) to $29.95 
(20 free hrs/month). All accounts have full Internet 
mail access, Usenet newsgroups, ftp, and more. 
10,000 free shareware files to download. Free 
Internet guide for new accounts. 

CAER TUATHA (708)393-7750 Warrenville, Illinois 
since 12/93. Sysop: Gwydion. Using MajorBBS 6.21 
with 2 lines on MS-DOS with 540 MB storage. Viva at 
14400 bps. $7 Variable fee. Exploring the unknown. 
Strange and unexplained phenomena, the mystical 
and the mythical. Netaccess, Internet newsgroups, 
the midwest connection for the Ghost Research 
Society. Free trial and discounts to verifed callers. 
Come join us in the Tower. 

MPI Online Services (708)428-6125 Chicagoland, 
Illinois since 03/91. Sysop: Tim Harmsen. Using 
MajorBBS 6.25 with 50 lines on MS-DOS with 24600 
MB storage. US Robotics at 28800 bps. $10 Monthly 
fee. Telnet: 204.71.44.3 Full internet access and 
Chicagolands largest BBS. Offering Tradewars, 
MajorMUD, Mutants, VGA Planets, and more. Nightly 
chatlink from 9pm to 11pm. 24 CD-ROMs. Free give- 
a-ways for our members. Chess tournaments and 


Cloud City Online (708)540-6270 Lake Zurich, 
Illinois since 06/93. Sysop: John Bilik. Using 
MajorBBS 6.25 with 20 lines on MS-DOS with 25000 
MB storage. US Robotics at 28800 bps. $20 
Quarterly fee. Full Internet access, chatlink, realtime 
multiuser games, game connector, entire Usenet 
feed, ftp, telnet, www, ire, over 100,000 files, linked 
to the world shareware depository. Free trial access 
w Internet mail usenets, and downloading. 

Liberty BBS (708)571-0015 Chicago, Illinois since 
07/92. Sysop: David Saleh. Using MajorBBS 6.21 
with 183 lines on MS-DOS with 15360 MB storage. 
ZyXEL at 19200 bps. $25 Monthly fee. Local access 
from Chicago & California. Nationwide chatLink, 
WorldLink, MailLink, MajorNet, Internet & Usenet 
newsgroups. Use your modem to call 800-474-1818 
for local & low cost SprintNet nationwide access info. 
Chat, games, news, & much, much more. 

The Virtual Village (708)598-1606 Oak Lawn, Illinois 
since 08/94. Sysop: Stan Mocek. Using TBBS 2.3 
with 4 lines on MS-DOS with 5000 MB storage. 
Microcom at 28800 bps. $39.95 Annual fee. We are 
new and expanding soon. USA Today, Newsbytes, 
PC Catalog, Fidonet. Adult chat and multiplayer 
games. Only the best in shareware, CD-ROMs 
online. Free trial period, unlimited d/I with subscrip¬ 
tions. M/C and Visa, immediate upgrade. 

Chicago Syslink (708)795-4442 Berwyn, Illinois 
since 06/81. Sysop: George Matyaszek. Using TBBS 
2.3 with 16 lines on MS-DOS with 1000 MB storage. 
Hayes at 28800 bps. $30 Annual fee. Rated G, so 
the entire family can call. New CD-ROM online every 
weekend. 100+ online games, MicroMatch Find-A- 
Friend, Internet Fidonet, USAToday, worldwide hub 
for Virtual Sysop, outdial service to other BBS's and 
something for all. 

THE WILD ONION! (708)993-0461 Chicago Metro- 
area since 05/93. Sysop: Boris. Using MajorBBS 
6.25 with 50 lines on MS-DOS with 12500 MB stor¬ 
age. US Robotics at 28800 bps. $10 variable fee. 
Chicago area's premier all adult social BBS. Chat, 
local forums and 20+ games. 100,000+ files and 
GIFs online. Large adult forums area. Internet news 
and mail. MajorNet and Worldlink. Interactive online 
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Digital Lands (713)464-8908 Houston, Texas since 
01/91. Sysop: Mike Sanders. Using MajorBBS 6.25 
with 10 lines on MS-DOS with 7250 MB storage. 
Zoom at 19200 bps. $65 Annual fee. Over 25,000 
files online (mostly GIF DL GL FLI games & text). 
Network Game Connection. Free trial period (18,000 
free credits). Membership starts at only $10, and 
quick credit 900 available for instant access. No file 
ratios. No hassle. 

Eden - The Electronic Garden! (714)548-1900 

Orange County, California since 02/94. Sysop: 
Daniel Vesely. Using MajorBBS 6.25 with 40 lines on 
MS-DOS with 3400 MB storage. PPI at 14400 bps. 
$10 Annual fee. Southern California’s hottest elec¬ 
tronic social club for adults over 21 only. Join us for 
the best chat, files, friends, forums, Internet, daily 
news, games anywhere. Internet surfers can telnet 
to: edenbbs.com. Reasonable rates. Free 2 week 
trial. 

BC BBS (714)572-1993 Placentia, California since 
02/95. Sysop: David Fairfield. Using MajorBBS 6.25 
with 8 lines on MS-DOS with 40000 MB storage. 
Supra at 19200 bps. $8-18 Monthly fee. Multi-user 
chat, games, hot forums, latest files, new users get a 
free 15 day trial. All lines 2400-14,400 bps. 

FSU BBS (714)579-7022 Anaheim Hills, California 
since 06/93. Sysop: Paul Egger. Using MajorBBS 
6.21 with 24 lines on MS-DOS with 15000 MB stor¬ 
age. PPI at 28800 bps. No fee. Massive BBS featur¬ 
ing message forums, National ChatLink, Internet 
Email and newsgroups, CD-ROM file library, online 
DOOM and MajorMUD. Dedicated to providing top 
quality adult entertainment. Take advantage of our 
free accounts to see why we’re the best. 

Interludes BBS (714)828-7093 Cypress, California 
since 01/89. Sysop: Angela Duarte. Using MajorBBS 
6.21 with 13 lines on MS-DOS with 3000 MB storage. 
Supra at 14400 bps. $4.95 Monthly fee. Local num¬ 
bers available. Multiplayer games, Internet mail, 
Usenet, Majornet mail, nationwide chat, matchmaker, 
and more. Home of Humanware Systems (TPD of 
MajorBBS utilities). Low rates. Fast and friendly sys¬ 
tem with great users. 

The Solar System (714)837-9677 Mission Viejo, 
California since 12/88. Sysop: Peter Guethlein. Using 
Wildcat 4.01 with 6 lines on MS-DOS with 17000 MB 
storage. US Robotics at 28800 bps. No fee. 
Awesome ANSI & RIP graphics, FidoNet 1:103/957, 
Internet, Intelec, MetroLink echomail & more. Space 
theme, over 90 live door games, very unique high 
quality BBS, free access available, support board: B- 
CRC upload file duplication scanner. 


The AutoBBS (714)978-0194 Anaheim, California 
since 02/95. Sysop: Tony Cheng. Using MediaHost 
1.00b with 4 lines on MS-DOS with 500 MB storage. 
PPI at 14400 bps. No fee. All new. Everything auto¬ 
motive online, just click on it. All Windows interface, 
just point and click. Buy and sell cars at fleet prices. 
Digtial photos, car SIGs, road tests, and much, much 
more. Absolutely free — no fees. Test drive The 
AutoBBS today! 


Liberty BBS (714)996-7777 Anaheim Hills, 
California since 07/92. Sysop: David Saleh. Using 
MajorBBS 6.21 with 183 lines on MS-DOS with 
15360 MB storage. ZyXEL at 19200 bps. $10 
Monthly fee. Local from 8 California area codes & 
Chicago. Nationwide ChatLink, WorldLink, MailLink, 
MajorNet, Internet & Usenet newsgroups. Use your 
modem to call 800-474-1818 for local & low cost 
SprintNet nationwide access info. Chat, games, 
news, & much more. 

Echo BBS (717)636-0573 Freeland, Pennsylvania 
since 02/95. Sysop: Echo. Using Synchronet 2.10a 
with 2 lines on MS-DOS with 2000 MB storage. 
Microcom at 28800 bps. No fee. Internationally net¬ 
worked match maker! CD-ROMs online. Multinode 
games and chat. Online Doom. RIP point & click 
interface. Dove-Net. Interesting personalities and 
message bases. Internet and Fidonet access. 
EGA/VGA doors. Networked BBS list. Free trial. 

Pennsylvania Online! (717)657-8699 Harrisburg, 
Pennsylvania since 08/81. Sysop: George Peace. 
Using TBBS 2.3 with 16 lines on MS-DOS with 
10000 MB storage. Hayes at 28800 bps. $8.95 
Monthly fee. The gathering place for everyone. Files, 
chat, Internet, and more. The full FidoNet backbone 
and filebone and Usenet newsgroups are available. 
Inexpensive UUCP and SLIP/PPP. ISDN. FidoNet 
mail, files by FTP. FTP to ftp.pao.com, Telnet to 
pao.com. Visa MC 

Cyberla (717)848-1666 York, Pennsylvania since 
06/93. Sysop: Adam Viener. Using TBBS 2.3 with 20 
lines on MS-DOS with 3300 MB storage. US 
Robotics at 28800 bps. No fee. Professional very 
user friendly system offers a variety of valuable ser¬ 
vices. Features include: Internet, Fidonet, Shareware 
Top 10, Electronic TV Host, Business Zone, eSoft 
product sales, TBBS zone, news, magazines, 
games, and more. Voice:(717)848-1439. 


The Enigma BBS (718)276-8995 Jamaica, New 
York since 12/94. Sysop: Anthony Hartwell. Using 
Wildcat 4.01 with 3 lines on MS-DOS with 4100 MB 
storage. US Robotics at 28800 bps. $25 Quarterly 
fee. Tech consulting on most cable systems. We 
connect VCRs, TVs, Stereos, etc, in house visits or 
support via e-mail .Home of the Video Gamer all sys¬ 
tems .Huge file and message adult bases, online 
RPGs, contests, games and cable stuff sold here, 
uucp access. 

Channel 33 BBS (718)279-1585 Bayside, New York 
since 06/94. Sysop: Wham. Using MajorBBS 6.21 
with 4 lines on MS-DOS with 1000 MB storage. 
Microcom at 28800 bps. $15 Monthly fee. Info enter¬ 
tainment BBS serving the Gay, Bi & Lesbian 
Community. Entertainment teleconference, Internet 
email & newsgroups, Majornet, file libraries with adult 
section, forums, matchmaker, interactive and single 
player games. 

Kitty’s Cafe BBS! (718)352-4194 Bellmore, New 
York since 08/94. Sysop: Kitty. Using Wildcat 4.01 
with 150 lines on UNIX with 19000 MB storage. 
Hayes at 28800 bps. $69 Annual fee. Adult only BBS 
alternative lifestyles, over 3000 conferences. Direct 
link to Internet. Adult X rated conferences and nets, 
business net BBS online here. Local access num¬ 
bers available. Instant access. All major credit cards 
and checks taken. Call now. 

Rama One BBS (R1C) (718)366-6165 Glendale, 
New York since 01/94. Sysop: Tommy Brunning. 
Using MajorBBS 6.25 with 5 lines on MS-DOS with 
10000 MB storage. US Robotics at 14400 bps. $1 
Hourly fee. The ultimate file server. 100,000+ adult 
graphic files on 50+ CD's. 1,000+ shareware games 
In 100+ libraries. Always adding hot, new material. 
Member <ASP>, member <IMBBSA>. Visa MC 
Amex 900 and checks accepted online. Never a 
charge to look around. 

ABC Online (718)446-2157 Queens, New York 
since 10/93. Sysop: Michael Hajovsky. Using TBBS 
2.3 with 5 lines on MS-DOS with 26000 MB storage. 
Hayes at 28800 bps. No fee. Over 150,000 files, 
GIFs, online publications, news, databases, Internet 
email, and Usenet newsgroups, special interest 
forums, online games. All high speed 28,000 
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BioHazard (718)728-6343 Queens, New York since 
03/95. Sysop: Mike Vulcan. Using Renegade 10.31 
with 2 lines on MS-DOS with 1024 MB storage. US 
Robotics at 14400 bps. No fee. After the demise of 
Obituary. Vulcan comes back with BioHazard. 
Newest H/P/programming/art board in the 718 area. 
Many will apply, few will be accepted. Call if you think 
you got what it takes. 

Quantum 2000 BBS (718)740-8411 Queens, New 
York since 05/94. Sysop: Michael Lee. Using WildCat 
3.91 with 2 lines on MS-DOS with 1200 MB storage. 
Practical Peripheral at 14400 bps. No fee. 
Specializing in door games (over 30 online), CD- 
ROMs, various conferences and Adult areas. Many 
packages available from 6 mths to 1 year. Fidonet 
and Internet are coming soon. We now accept credit 
cards so you get instant access. Friendly Sysop 
THE DAVASOFT BBS (718)967-6827 Staten Island, 
New York since 11/93. Sysop: David Heath. Using 
PCBoard vl5.21 with 8 lines on MS-DOS with 10000 
MB storage. US Robotics at 28800 bps. No fee. 
Internet live access available. Telnet: 204.176.6.5 
FTP: ftp.dava.com. Hardware, tehnical support & 
Internet e-mail address are available. Netmail confer¬ 
ences for Rime, Fido, Access, Christian Faith, 
Strategic Gamers, Shades & Shadows. 

eVAULT Remote Backup Service (800)806-6599 

Cupertino, California since 08/94. Sysop: Bob 
Zeidman. Using TBBS 2.2 with 1 line on MS-DOS 
with 2000 MB storage. Hayes at 28800 bps. $10 
Monthly fee. Protect your data from catastrophic loss. 
We offer remote backup over the phone - automatic, 
unattended, inexpensive. Schedule critical files for 
backup at any time using our eBACK software. Sign 
up now, get one month free. Call (800)382-8581 
(voice). 

Kitty's Cafel South (803)963-3773 Simpsonvllle, 
South Carolina since 03/95. Sysop: Diane Hayes. 
Using WildCat 4.10 with 10 lines on UNIX with 2000 
MB storage. Supra at 19200 bps. $69 Annual fee. 
New. Franchise of Kitty’s Cafe. North In NYC. 
Membership Includes access to all Kitty’s Cafe. 
Strictly adult BBS. Over 500 conferences. Over 60 
doors. Online chat. Local access numbers available. 
Instant acess with your credit card. Personal. 

PILEDRIVER BBS (804)520-8564 Collnlal heights, 
Virginia since 11/94. Sysop: Robert Lee. Using 
WildCat 4.1 with 2 lines on MS-DOS with 4 MB stor¬ 
age. US Robotics at 28800 bps. $7 Monthly fee. 
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Shoreline Park BBS (805)373-6919 Thousand 
Oaks, California' since 06/94. Sysop: Brian 
Waingrow. Using TBBS 2.2 with 2 lines on MS-DOS 
with 100 MB storage. PPI at 28800 bps. $2.50 
Monthly fee. New Age, environmental, scuba diving 
& much more. Internet email & newsgroups, tons 
o’files and message areas, games, online publica¬ 
tions. 24 hours, 7 days sorry, no porn or x-rated stuff 
here. Fun and educational for the whole family 

The Basement (810)254-6436 Detroit, Michigan 
since 06/94. Sysop: John Wesley Jr. Using PCBoard 
15.2 with 4 lines on MS-DOS with 5000 MB storage. 
US Robotics at 14400 bps. $$1.75 Weekly fee. 
Internet, unlimited downloads from over 5 gigs of files 
including adult, shareware, bbs files, and more, all for 
$1.75 a week. The Basement is the premier bbs of 
Southeast Michigan. Dial us up. 1st week free. Visa, 
Mastercard, AMEX. 

One Eyed Jack’s (810)399-2845 Oak Park, 
Michigan since 09/93. Sysop: Jack. Using TBBS 2.2 
with 2 lines on MS-DOS with 4500 MB storage. 
Hayes at 14400 bps. $.55 per file fee. Hot adult 
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MICROSOFT IN THE NEWS AGAIN, AND AGAIN 



W as I surprised when I turned 
on the TV set to see Bill Gates 
sitting up there on stage with the 
Katzenberg, Spielberg, Geffen coalition. 
It was a day or two after Paul Allen sunk 
$500 million into Dreamworks Studios in 
exchange for 18 percent of the action. This 
time it was Gates who was putting money in 
and apparently doing some sort of strategic partner¬ 
ing with these guys. Microsoft was going to become 
the multimedia arm of Dreamworks. Vaporware at 
its finest hour. These guys haven’t done jack-dookey 
and I wonder if they ever will. Why bother to actual¬ 
ly work if you can keep getting donations. 


Information 
Technology, and 
his featured “Inside 
Track” column in 
PC Magazine, 
Dvorak is the author 
of several best¬ 
selling books, 
including Dvorak's 
Inside Track to 
DOS & PC 
Performance, 
Dvorak’s 
Guide to PC 
Telecommunications, 
and Dvorak’s Inside 
Track to the Mac. 


So up on stage, Spielberg is wearing a hat with the 
goofball BOB logo emblazoned on front. BOB as in 
Microsoft BOB, that wacky operating system front 
end for dummies and neophytes. He’s giddy. He says 
they are partnering with Microsoft, because 
“Microsoft is the best company!” Best company? for 
what? For multimedia? What is he talking about? 
What about Lucas Software? Anyway Spielberg 
looks tremendously dorky with the hat and scraggle- 
ass beard, which looks like it hasn’t been trimmed 
since the last cut of Spindlers List. I’m thinking, 
sheesh that babe whatshemame, who he’s married 
to, is going to dump him no matter how much money 
he has if he keeps this up. I’m thinking this is a car¬ 
nival, a disaster waiting to happen. These jokers 
aren’t executives, they’re creative types. Dingbats 
from the looks of it. Except for Geffen, maybe, but 
who wants him running things? But no matter it’s 
the Dream Team. The stage nearly collapsed from 
an ego overload. 


Meanwhile, I know that the rest of the industry, 
already freaked by everything Microsoft does, is 
panicked by this turn of events. Oh my, oh my, 
Microsoft is now going to dominate multimedia. I 
personally doubt there would even be a multimedia 
category if it wasn’t for Microsoft. It was Microsoft 
that started it all with CD-ROM conferences 
financed by Microsoft long before anyone knew what 
a CD-ROM was. You’d think with that kind of edge 
they ALREADY dominate multimedia. The fact is 
this alliance, like many projects that look good on 
paper, will go nowhere fast. I’m reminded of 
Spielbergs TV efforts such as Young Indiana Jones, 
and that other series he had that went down the 
tubes because it was over produced. Amazing Tales? 


STILL EVERYONE WILL BE IN A TIZZY 


It’s not much different than the great fear and trem¬ 
bling caused by Microsoft Network, the online ser¬ 


vice destined to take its place in history alongside E- 
World. I’ve expounded elsewhere exactly why I 
think Network will not amount to much if for no 
other reason than nobody trusts Microsoft to give 
them uncensored information, so I’ll not belabor the 
point. But I have to give yet another example about 
how Microsoft is clueless about the online world. It 
was a brain-dead interview with Microsoft’s top 
egghead, Nathan Myhrvold, which appeared in 
Computer Reseller News. Nathan, seems clueless 
about Network — and I wonder if he has anything 
whatsoever to do with the project. It sure didn’t 
seem so from this interview, but it did indicate a 
strange level of naive goofiness that seems to be sur¬ 
facing at the company. Just read a couple of these 
quotes form the interview: 

Nathan: “We think that if we can make an environ¬ 
ment in which information providers have the right 
kind of tools to make really, really hot stuff and gear 
it specifically for online, and if there’s a financial 
proposition that says they can make a lot of money 
so that most of the revenue that comes in goes to 
them and not the service, and if we’ve increased the 
ease of use, those factors will combine to make an 
environment in which lots of information will be 
offered.” 

Huh? Does this sound like a bureaucrat saying 
nothing or is it just my imagination? Sounds like a 
chicken and egg dilemma. I also think it breaks 
some sort of record for sentence length. 

It gets worse. When Nathan is asked about the 
billing, and who will be doing it, he says, “The actu¬ 
al bills are going to get printed by some company 
that is great at doing that. It turns out there are 
companies that are great at licking a million 
envelopes for us and sending them out.” 

What kind of blather is this? Companies that are 
GREAT at “licking” a million envelopes? Sheesh, 
Nathan, get out more! He says “it turns out” as if 
Microsoft was suddenly surprised that there exists 
fulfillment houses or companies that sell outsourc¬ 
ing for such things. It makes you wonder. It’s as if 
they are saying something like this: “It turns out 
that you can actually buy milk at what they call a 
grocery store. We at Microsoft are going to the great 
grocery store to buy our milk which it turns out is 
available at many grocery stores, not just great 
ones.” And these guys are worth millions! 

I laugh when I see CompuServe, America Online 
and Prodigy scramble in a panic because Microsoft 
Network is coming. Myhrvold talks about how MS- 


154 Boardwatch - May 1995 




Network is going to work using a slew 
of networked PC’s (undoubtedly run¬ 
ning NT server) and this will give them 
some sort of cost advantage over the 
big boys who use various mini and 
mainframe configurations. Gee, net¬ 
worked PC’s. Maybe we should tell the 
BBS community about this break¬ 
through. According to Myhrvold, “We’re 
the first online service to use PC’s at 
the back end.” I hope you all heard that 
assertion correctly. More proof that the 
company is clueless. Of course, an 
online service such as one of the mega- 


BBS’s doesn’t count I guess. After all, 
again according to Myhrvold, the com¬ 
pany has to deal with “...millions of 
people phoning you simultaneously.” 
Millions? Simultaneously? Call the 
National Guard. 

I could go on ridiculing poor Nathan, 
but why bother. Let the Microsofties 
find out for themselves what’s what. 

The discovery may come hard as few 
critics aren’t doing much more than 
praising MS-Network sight unseen. So 


Microsoft will be unprepared for disap¬ 
pointment. And, of course, I don’t 
count, since I’m known as an industry 
wet-blanket who criticizes everything. 
And since I use WARP I’m an obvious 
Microsoft basher. On the other hand, 
it’s tempting to let them boost MS- 
Network just to frighten the competi¬ 
tion. It’s a sick kind of fun to watch 
those who compete with Microsoft 
shake and quake from nervous fear and 
trepidation. Boo! ♦ 


DVORAK’S RECIPE NOOK 


Gazpacho — The Underrated Cold Soup 

One unpopular aspect of cookery seems to be the cold soups 
so popular in hot Mediterranean climates. There is nothing 
like a cold Gazpacho on a hot day. A perfect accompaniment 
to a chilled Chardonnay or Riesling. Gazpacho — cold tomato 
soup — is one of the few cold soups that appear on restaurant 
menus, but how many out there have actually made this dish? 
Let’s try it. 

I looked through the references to find a somewhat definitive 
and classic version of this soup to discover the variations so 
broad that Gazpacho is more of a category of soups than a 
definitive recipe. 

Let me give you a good Gazpacho recipe that turned up in an 
odd celebrity cookbook done in the 1960’s, Tycoons in the 
Kitchen, edited and published by Michael Dorn of Dorn Press. 
This recipe was contributed by Joseph E. Cullman III, then 
Chairman of Philip Morris. It’s not unusual, you should note, 
for high level CEO-types to take great interest in gourmet 
cooking as cooking is a very good way to relax once you know 
how to cook properly. I consider it a form of meditation. 

Here’s the recipe, which serves four to six people. 

INGREDIENTS: 

1 tablespoon high quality condiment style olive oil 

1 cucumber 

2 onions, 2 garlic cloves, 5 tomatoes, 2 green peppers 

1 stalk celery 

2 teaspoons of Spanish paprika’s 
1/4 cup tarragon wine vinegar 

11/2 cups of tomato juice 
1 cup of chicken broth 
1/4 tsp. basil 
1/4 tsp. tarragon 

1. Peel the cucumber. Run the prongs of a fork down its sides 
to create a scalloped effect, slice thinly, sprinkle with salt and 
vinegar and chill. 

2. Chop finely all the rest of the vegetables and mix them in a 
large bowl with the rest of the ingredients. The tomatoes 


should be peeled and cored before chopping. This recipe 
does not require blending. 

3. Chill in the refrigerator for at least three hours. It 
can be kept for days in fact. 

4. Garnish with the cucumbers and serve. 

Now that’s a BASIC Gazpacho that you can add special 
flourishes, too. Dean Fearing at the famed Mansion at 
Turtle Creek in Dallas uses yellow tomatoes and adds 
cilantro, which has become a vogue herb amongst food¬ 
ies. I know too many people who cannot stand the taste 
of cilantro to use this variation. He also added some 
hot chills, which you might consider if you’re in the 
mood for some spice. While the cilantro isn’t for every¬ 
body, I do believe a good amount of chopped Italian 
parsley would add to this recipe. Also try using the 
leaves from finely chopped celery to add a unique varia¬ 
tion of the celery taste. I’m amazed at how most stores 
nowadays are chopping off the tops of celery and only 
selling the stalks when the leaves are terrific in salads, 
potato salad, soups and as garnishes. Complain to your 
grocer if he does this. 

Here are some other variations of this dish worth con¬ 
sidering. From Sunset Magazine October 1993, a recipe 
called Sunni’s Gazpacho with shrimp used Clamato 
instead of tomato juice and added cooked shrimp and 
avocado. Also little chunks of cream cheese were used 
as garnish. 

Sunset Magazine is a great source for recipe collectors 
and there is a Gazpacho almost month in this publica¬ 
tion. Here’s another from July 1993 called Chunky 
Summer Gazpacho. Much like the one I outlined except 
you top it with some unflavored yogurt and garnish 
with sliced avocado. A similar recipe garnishes the 
Gazpacho with cooked sliced artichoke hearts. 

With summer coming up there in no reason not to 
develop a good Gazpacho yourself and serve it as a 
light summer soup for lunch. ♦ 


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Modern Microsystems.144 

MurkWorks.52 

Mustang Software, Inc.23, 80, 98, 102 

NetManage.33 

New Power BBS.91 

NTP, Inc.140 

NTTC.145 

Odyssey Online.68 

On-Line Services.109 

Online Search.143 

Online Technologies.91, 139 

Page Sat, Inc.68 

PIMP.64 

Planet Systems, Inc.103 

Power Computing.152 

Precision Data.91 

ProDesign.125 

Ryder Communications.72 

Searchlight Software.16 

Software Creations.151 

Solunet, Inc.144 

Spectracom.53 

Team Darkstar.73 

Tele-Net Online. 149 

Tessier Technologies. 31 

Time Line. 59 

Trade Scope.141 

Trader’s Connection.123 

U.S.Network Services.91 

UNI-ROM.123 

US Cyber.143 

Walnut Creek CD-Rom.68 


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AUGUST 16-20,1995 


T he Online World has never faced so much change and 
technological evolution in so short time as in 1995. 
At the same time it’s becoming centrally important in 
ways it never used to be. The days when you could be 
successful with casual knowledge are over. But if you 
spend a month learning about it you’re already a month 
behind. There’s only ONE place where all elements of 
online success come together - ONE BBSCON. The most 
varied exhibits - literally hundreds of educational sessions 
- covering eVery topic - in three days in August you will 
learn more from those who do than you can learn in a 
year any other way. 

The Online Networking Exposition and BBS Convention 
(ONE BBSCON) has emerged over the past four years as 
one of the brightest stars in the trade show universe - and 
for the very best of reasons. It has been superbly effective 
in providing attendees with the two things they most want 
in an educational gathering - hard, useable information; 
and an opportunity to network with the industry players 
in one of the most exciting arenas of today’s technology. 
Last year, nearly 4,000 BBS operators gathered in Atlanta 
Georgia for ONE BBSCON 1994. This year, we expect 
ONE BBSCON 1995 to continue the phenomenal growth 
in Tampa, Florida. 

Last year, ONE BBSCON presented some 173 in-depth 
educational sessions and seminars in three days - a pre¬ 
sentation schedule so hectic no other trade show organia- 
tion even attempts it. This effort to encapsulate the hun¬ 
dreds of areas of online activity that comprise the current 
explosion in PC communications resulted in as many as 
fifteen seminars occurring at any one time covering 
everything from satellite delivery to ISDN, building com¬ 
munities online to Internet connectivity issues, from 
attracting callers to making problem callers go away, 
from copyright issues and pornography to telecom in edu¬ 
cation - and all of it on a how-to, what-to, when-to, and 
why-to level - no happy talk or visionary thinktank bab- 


blegobble. This year, the community promises to deliver 
exceptional low-cost solutions to world-wide Internet 
connectivity for PC-based bulletin boards - a connectivity 
solution at an absurdly low price. And nearly 350 product 
vendors are hoping to show their newest connectivity 
product rollouts designed specifically to make a splash at 
this one show. If you want to know how to do it online, 
you’ll find it somewhere in the halls of ONE BBSCON. 

And we’re exceptionally proud of the type of vendor that 
participates in ONE BBSCON. While many tradeshows 
are dominated by large companies with public relations 
teams that will be happy to “mail you” some information, 
ONE BBSCON attracts many smaller, newer companies 
with innovative and in some cases revolutionary products 
with the people who designed it in the booth and excited 
to talk about and demonstrate their inventions. A good 
impression made on the 7000 BBS and online service 
operators attending a ONE BBSCON is carried within 
hours or days to literally millions of callers to those ser¬ 
vices. 

The second benefit of ONE BBSCON is, of course, the 
networking. The deal making in the halls and hospitality 
suites of ONE BBSCON reaches such a fevered frenzy of 
entrepreneurial energy - 24 hours per day from 
Wednesday to Sunday, that just being in the room with it 
will leave you weak in the knees - literally. From behe¬ 
moths like Rockwell International, IBM, AT&T, Hayes 
Microcomputer Products, and MCI, to single line BBS 
operators, tiny software development companies, and 
third-grade school teachers, all claim to have “discov¬ 
ered” this one convention as the pre-eminent networking 
opportunity of the year. 

Aside from who’s selling what to whom, you’ll see edu¬ 
cators swapping notes with teen-age software developers, 
federal government BBS administrators picking up tips 
from home-based BBS entrepreneurs, Internet service 


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providers waving their arms at BBS software vendors, 
IRS managers huddled with CompuServe forum adminis¬ 
trators, shareware software developers talking with credit 
card merchant account representatives, and attendees 
from some 30 countries all seeking to find that one piece 
of the puzzle they need to take back home with them to 
make their online service successful. Judging from the 
number of new product and industry announcements 
directly traceable to last year’s convention, it is utterly 
clear that they are finding it. And each and every attendee 
takes home just a bit more than they brought with them. 

But aside from these two concrete benefits, ONE 
BBSCON has a third element you must experience at 
least once to comprehend. It is a form of energy - an ener¬ 
gy of enthusiasm borne of being a key part in the birth of 
an exciting new industry that has the potential to change 
the world. While the rest of the world buzzes about in 
mixed confusion over the “coming National Data 
SuperHighway,” the “National Information 
Infrastructure,” and the joys of “CyberSpace,” ONE 
BBSCON attendees represent the online construction 
workers who are actually building it today where it mat¬ 
ters - at the precise point where an individual computer 
user connects to the online world. It is exactly where the 
“rubber meets the road” on this otherwise ethereal data 
highway, and these are the people who have to ANSWER 
questions NOW from callers who’ve made that first con¬ 
nection and demand to know. 

There will likely be several hundred hastily cobbled- 
together seminars, conventions, and events held this year 



on the Internet, the National Data SuperHighway, bulletin 
boards, and variations on the theme. It’s a hot topic and 
everyone’s getting onboard. Attend all of them if you’ve 
the time. We’re confident that if you do, ONE BBSCON 
this August will STILL be your FIRST real point of con¬ 
tact with the techniques, information, technology, and 
people you’ll need to prosper, profit, and thrive on this 
future byway of commerce. 

But if you’ve time for only ONE trade show this year, 
find someone who has already successfully realized their 
dream of building that successful BBS at home and 
escaped the corporate job track forever - or the hero in 
your own company (or your competition’s) that turned the 
world around with an inexpensive PC in a closet that now 
outproduces some company departments. Find that BBS 
operator that already offers global Internet e-mail, a 
World Wide Web server and ftp connections, and ask 
them directly. Chances are they DID attend ONE 
BBSCON last year and they won’t stutter with the answer 
- “There’s only one - ONE BBSCON.” 

This year’s ONE BBSCON in Tampa, Florida promises 
to be the biggest and the most exciting international 
gathering of BBS operators in history. We invite you to 
join us.^ 




Jack Rickard, President 
ONE, Inc. 



Philip L. Becker, Secretary/Treasurer 
ONE, Inc. 


ONE BBSCON - Tampa '95 


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Room Charges 
per night 
Single or 
double 
occupancy 

Free 

Airport Shuttle 
Service 

Mileage from 
Airport to 
Hotel/Riding 
Time 

Mileage from 
Hotel to 
Convention 

Time 

Average Cost 
of Cab Ride 
(Airport to 
Hotel) 

of Cab Ride 

Convention 

Center) 

Facility 

Pool 

HYATT REGENCY TAMPA (Host) 

Two Tampa City Center 

Tampa, FL 33602 

$99 

Ves 

8 miles 

15-20 minutes 

5 minutes 

$13 to $15 

$ 4 

Ves 

Outdoor 

WYNDHAM HARBOUR 

ISLAND HOTEL 

725 S. Harbour Island Blvd. 

Tampa, FL 33602 

$109 


15 minutes 

distance 

$15 to $20 

Walking 

may use it 
for $10 

Outdoor 

HYATT REGENCY WEST SHORE 

6200 Courtney 

Campbell Causeway 

Tampa, FL 33607 

$95 


PP 2 miles ^ 

5 minutes 

approximately 

• 

- 

- 

Outdoor 

SHERATON GRAND HOTEL 

4860 W. Kennedy Blvd. 

Tampa, FL 33609 

$92 

V. 

3.5 miles 

approximately 

4 miles 

- 


Ves 

Outdoor 

HOLIDAY INN 

ASHLEY PLAZA 

Convention Center 

111 W. Fortune St. 

Tampa, FL 33602 

$80 

V. 

approximately 


- 

- 

Ves 

Outdoor 

QUALITY HOTEL RIVERSIDE 

200 N. Ashley Dr. 

Tampa, FL 33602 

- 

V. 

approximately 

approximately 

walking 

- 

- 

Ves 

Outdoor 


GROUND TRANSPORTATION 

To Hyatt Regency Tampa from Tampa Airport (by car): 

Follow 1-275 North, exit #25 (Tampa/Ashley) stay left as the road forks and you 
will be on Tampa Street. Follow eight (8) lights and the Hyatt Regency Tampa 
will be on the left at Tampa and Jackson. 

To Holiday Inn Ashley Plaza (by car): 

Take 60 East to 1-275 North downtown. Continue North to exit 25 (Ashley, Tampa, 
Scott St., Convention) this is the last exit before 1-4. Stay to your right, this will put 
you on West Fortune Street. The Hotel is on this street directly behind the Times 
Building and the Performing Arts Center. 

To Hyatt Regency Westshore (by car): 

Take 60 West to the second (2nd) traffic light. This will be Frontage Road. 

Go left and the Hotel will be on this Street. 

To Wyndham Harbour Island Hotel (by car): 

1-275 North (downtown) to exit 25 (Ashley/Tampa Streets) Tampa Street South 
this goes into a dead end at the Convention Center. Follow the signs to Harbour 
Island. Harbour Island is on Franklin Street and the Hotel is about three (3) blocks 
up the road. 

To Sheraton Grand Tampa Westshore (by car): 

Follow signs to Highway 60 East/Kennedy Boulevard (approx. 3 miles) at 
the first traffic light turn left onto Kennedy Blvd. and travel 3 traffic lights. 

The Sheraton Grand is located on the right, 11 story black glass and brown 
marble building. 

To Quality Riverside Hotel (by car): 

From airport take 1-275 North to the Ashley exit. Stay straight on Ashley. The hotel 
is approximatley 2 miles on the right hand side. You will pass eight (8) traffic lights. 


FACILITIES PARKING INFORMATION 

Hyatt Regency Tampa 

• $7/Day to Valet (guests and non-guests) 

• $4/ Day to self park (guests and non-guests) 

• 24 Hour Valet Service 

Holiday Inn Ashley Plaza 

• Complimentary parking (guests and non-guests) • No Valet Service 

Hyatt Regency West Shore 

• $7/Day to Valet (guests and non-guests) 

• Self park is complimentary (guests and non-guests) 

• 24 Hour Valet Service 

Wyndham Harbour Island 

• $6/Day for guests and non-guests • 24 Hour Valet Service 

Sheraton Grand 

• $6/Day to Valet (guesta and non-guests) 

• Self park is complimentary (guests and non-guests) 

• 24 Hour Valet Service 

Quality Riverside 

• $5/Day (guests and non-guests) • No Valet Service 

Tampa Convention Center 

• $1/Per Hour $6 Maximum on Weekdays and $3 Maximum on Weekends 

• Entrance on Tampa Street 


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ONE BBSCON 1995 

PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE AGENDA 


TAMPA CONVENTION CENTER 
Headquarters Hotel: Hyatt Regency Tampa 


Wednesday, August 16,1995 


8:00am - 6:00pm 

Exhibitor Registration Open 

11:00am - 7:00pm 

Attendee Registration Open 

7:30pm - 10:30pm 

Welcome Reception on the patio 
at the TAMPA CONVENTION 
CENTER 

Thursday, August 17,1995 

7:00am - 6:00pm 

Exhibitor Registration Open 

7:00am - 6:00pm 

Attendee Registration Open 

9:00am -11:30am 

Welcome, opening Session 

12:00nn - 1:30pm 

Lunch 

1:30pm - 4:30pm 

Seminars 

1:30pm - 7:00pm 

Exhibits Open 

3:00pm - 3:30pm 

Coffee Break 

Friday, August 18,1995 

7:00am - 6:00pm 

Exhibitor Registration Open 

7:00am - 6:00pm 

Attendee Registration Open 

9:00am - 6:00pm 

Seminars 

9:00am - 6:00pm 

Exhibits Open 

10:00am - 10:30am 

Coffee Break 

12:00nn - 1:30pm 

Lunch 

3:00pm - 3:30pm 

Coffee Break 

8:00pm -1:00am 

Vendor Hospitality Suites 
(Location to be announced) 



REGISTRATION AMD WELCOME 


R egistration and a welcoming reception for the ONE BBSCON ‘95 
starts Wednesday, August 16th. The convention officially opens with 
a general session at 9:00 am, Thursday, August 17th. This session will 
include addresses by each of the Executive Advisory Board members, and 
a keynote address. 


ONE BBSCON SEMINARS 

T he Online Networking Exposition and BBS Convention has two pri¬ 
mary features of interest to attendees. A 100,000 square foot vendor 
exhibit trade show area allows software, hardware, and networking ven¬ 
dors to show off the very latest in PC communications technology. The 
main focus of the ONE BBSCON is the educational aspect. Last year’s 
show featured some 200 notable speakers participating in over 170 educa¬ 
tional seminars. At any one time, as many as fifteen sessions were going 
on simultaneously - an educational track of sessions that would ordinarily 
comprise any normal three day convention occurs EVERY HOUR at ONE 
BBSCON. 


Saturday, August 19,1995 


7:00am - 6:00pm 
7:00am - 6:00pm 
9:00am - 6:00pm 
9:00am - 6:00pm 
10:00am - 10:30am 
12:00nn - 1:30pm 
3:00pm - 3:30pm 
7:00pm -11:00pm 


Exhibitor Registration Open 

Attendee Registration Open 

Seminars 

Exhibits Open 

Coffee Break 

Lunch 

Coffee Break 

Dvorak Hayes Awards Banquet 
(Optional Dinner Event) 


Sunday, August 20,1995 

8:00am - 12:00nn 
8:00am - 12:00nn 
9:00am - 12:00nn 

10:00am - 10:30am 


Exhibitor Registration Open 
Attendee Registration Open 
Seminars (Conference 
Adjourned) 

Coffee Break 


This year’s event promises an even greater cornucopia of seminars and 
educational sessions, with more hands-on workshops and more panel dis¬ 
cussions than ever before. The Tampa Convention Center offers us some 
18 assembly rooms, equipped with the most modern audio/visual equip¬ 
ment available. 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP ON THE INFORMATION HIGHWAY 
- HOW TO RUN A BBS FOR PROFIT 

T raditionally, one of the popular tracks at ONE BBSCON, this series of 
seminars focuses on the topic of entrepreneurial activities in the online 
world. The current expansion of the Internet to commercial operations 


♦ 

awareness of our leadership position in the modem industry. 
Our presence and ad in the ONE BBSCON show guide clearly 
increased our visibility to attendees last year, so we'll be back 

this year!" 

Julie Seymour 
Rockwell International 


ONE BBSCON - Tampa '95 


























EXECUTIVE 
ADVISORY BOARD 

In order to ensure ONE BBSCON represents the widest 
possible range of online activity and does so in a manner 
useful and valuable for attendees, an Executive Advisory 
Board structure provides input and suggestions on the 
educational and presentation aspects of ONE BBSCON. 
This year, the ONE BBSCON Executive Advisory Board 
met for three days at the Lodge at Cordillera in Colorado 
January 10-12 to lay the groundwork for ONE BBSCON 
1995. Executive Advisory Board members for the 1995 
ONE BBSCON include: 


John C. Dvorak 

PC Magazine/PC Computing 

Dennis C. Hayes 

Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc. 

Kevin Behrens 

Aquila BBS 

Bob Metcalfe 

Infoworld 

Stan Hirschman 

Software Etc. 

Dave P. McClure 

Association of Online Professionals 

Dave Hughes Sr. 

Old Colorado City Communications 

Jim Harrer 

Mustang Software, Inc. 

Scott Brinker 

Galacticomm, Inc. 

Michael Greenbaum 

Bell Atlantic 

Steve Larsen 

Prodigy Services Company 

Bill Washburn 

MecklerWeb 


promise to make this track even more popular as many attendees express a 
strong interest in leaving the corporate job mill to start their own entrepre¬ 
neurial business from home using online technologies. Sessions cover 
some of the basic business functions of a successful online enterprise 
including how to attract callers, build a sense of community, what callers 
do online, how to price services and more. It also includes some of the 
common problems of obtaining credit card merchant status to take MC and 
Visa payments, direct mail promotion, business plans, funding and more. 
Sessions are given by people who have operated financially successful bul¬ 
letin boards as their sole means of income. Many of the most popular of 
these feature panel discussions where operators of such bulletin boards as 
EXEC-PC, Aquila BBS, PC-Ohio, Databank, Bruce’s Bar & Grill, 
Invention Factory, Executive Network, and others answer audience ques¬ 
tions regarding how they built their single line BBS into a thriving home- 
based business grossing as much as $ 1 million per year. 



SURVEY OF BBS SOFTWARE PLATFORMS 


T he most common question asked by those considering putting BBS 
technology to work for their business, their school, their governmental 
department, or for their own entrepreneurial activity is “Which BBS soft¬ 
ware should I use?” Unfortunately, there is no short answer. The range of 
applications that employ BBS technology, and the range of features pro¬ 
vided in different BBS software packages, makes the decision as to “which 
BBS software” not only one of the most crucial decisions you’ll make on 
the road to a successful implementation, but also the most difficult. ONE 
BBSCON uniquely provides a forum for researching and comparing BBS 
packages and technologies head-to-head and side-by-side, allowing you to 
talk directly with the authors and developers of virtually ALL the popular 
BBS software packages used today. In this track, each BBS software 
developer provides an introductory session providing an overview of fea¬ 
tures and applications for which their package is best suited. There isn’t 
another opportunity anywhere on the planet to do this type of comparison. 
As a result, this track has been very popular with the corporate/government 
attendees tasked with “picking the right one.” 


♦ "Both of the ONE BBSCON shows to date have provided 
valuable insights into what is clearly an emerging industry. Now 
that the Information Super Highway is a well established media 
phenomenon, I expect that those in the know will find ONE 
BBSCON as valuable to participate in the new revolution as 
COMDEX has been to those who participated in the PC revolu¬ 
tion. " 

David Whittle 
IBM 


ONE BBSCON - Tampa 95 


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TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS 



tiQn is strongly recommended. Registrations will be processed based on the 
date that the completed registration form and full payment is received. 
There is a discount of up to $150 for early registration as follows: 


D elta Air Lines and US Air are the official airlines for the 1995 ONE 
BBSCON. Both offer special meeting discounts for air travel in and 
out of Tampa and Orlando August 13-23, 1995. 

To take advantage of Delta’s special fares, call 1-800-241-6760 from 8:00 
am to 11:00 pm Eastern Time, daily. Refer to File Number F1294. Some 
restrictions may apply. 

To obtain USAir’s discount, call USAir’s Meeting and Convention 
Reservation Office at 1-800-334-8644 from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm Eastern 
Time. Refer to Gold File Number 65500054. Some restrictions may apply. 


SPECIAL ASSISTANCE 

F or any special requirements, please call the ONE, Inc., office at (303) 
693-5253. 


ON-SITE SECURITY 


On or before May 1 $175 per person 

May 2 August 1 $250 per person 

After August 1 $325 per person 

CANCELLATION POLICY: Refunds, less $50 processing fee, will be 
issued to WRIT TEN requests received by July 21, 1995. Absolutely no 
refunds after July 21, 1995. No refunds for “no-shows” to the conference. 


BUSINESS SERVICES 

T Xu your convenience, a business center is located in The Tampa 
A Convention Center offering photocopies, transparencies, fax transmis¬ 
sions, word processing, coat/baggage check, and package shipping. The 
hours of operation during ONE BBSCON are: 


Wednesday, August 16 9:00am 

Thursday, August 17 7:30am 

Friday. August 18 7:30am 

Saturday, August 19 7:30am 

Sunday, August 20 8:00am 


5:00pm 

6:30pm 

6:30pm 

6:30pm 

12:00nn 


LOCATION INFORMATION 

T he Tampa area is a vibrant community full of diversity and culture. 

Attractions include, Busch Gardens, The Museum of African 
American Art and Old Hyde Park Village. Tampa features an interstate 
system that virtually connects all of Florida, making the wonderful amuse¬ 
ment parks of Orlando extremely convenient and accessible. 

The Tampa Convention Center is located in downtown Tampa overlooking 
beautiful Tampa Bay. 


T he 1995 ONE BBSCON will again have security. Please note that the 
security personnel have been instructed to be thorough, and therefore 
all policies established by ONE, Inc., and ONE BBSCON will be strictly 
enforced by the contracted security company. 



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ONE BBSCON 1994 featured over 150 vendors with more expected for 
1995. 

To find out how your company can become an active player at this year’s 
ONE BBSCON, call (303)693-5253. 


HOSPITALITY SUITES 

V endor hospitality suites are traditionally a big part of ONE BBSCON 
evening activities and a key opportunity for sysops to meet with ven¬ 
dors in an informal setting. Vendors sponsor hospitality suites throughout 
the event. 

This has been a very popular feature at past ONE BBSCONs and provides 
an excellent opportunity to view additional product demonstrations and 
visit with vendors and other attendees. 



DVORAK AWARDS BANQUET 

A nother of the more popular features of the ONE BBSCON is the 
Dvorak Awards for Excellence in PC Communications. Sponsored by 
Boardwatch Magazine columnist John C. Dvorak, this award recognizes 
significant contributions in the field of personal computer communications. 

This year’s awards will be held Saturday evening, August 19, 1995 at 
7:00pm. This awards banquet is an optional dinner event priced at $39 per 
person. Register for this early as seating is limited. 


CONVENTION REGISTRATION 

T iO register for the 1995 ONE BBSCON, simply fill out the attached 
registration form and either mail or fax it to ONE, Inc. at (303) 693- 
5518. You may optionally complete this registration form by modem by 
calling the ONE, Inc. BBS at (303) 693-5432. Registrations will also be 
accepted by telephone by calling the ONE, Inc. office at (303) 693-5253. 

The registration fee for the ONE BBSCON is $325 which includes all 
meeting sessions and materials, admission to the exhibit floor area, lunch 
on the three full days of the convention, and coffee breaks. Early registra- 



Past winners of 
the Dvorak Award 
include: 


Best commercial Online Information System: 

America Online, Inc. - Steve Case 

Outstanding Internet Front End: Internet Chameleon 

Outstanding PC Telecommunications Technology: 

AT&T Microelectronics V.34 Chipset 

Outstanding Multimedia Internet Utility: NCSA Mosiac - Chris Wilson, 
Jon Mittelhauser, Marc Andreessen, Eric Bina, Aleks Totic 

Outstanding Newspaper Online Coverage and forum: Mercury 
Center/San Jose Mercury News - Pete Hillan, Bill Mitchell 

Best BBS Product/Service 1 994: Planet Connect - Joe Overholt 

Outstanding Online Magazine Coverage and Online Forum: TIME 
Online/TIME Magazine - Philip Elmer - Dewitt 

Honered for Developing the first electronic Bulletin Board System - 

Ward Christensen and Randy Seuss 

Honered as Founder of the International Fido Network - 

Tom Jennings 

Development of the Zmodem File Transfer Protocol - Chuck 
Forsberg 

Development of Procomrri for Windows, Terminal Software - 

Tom Smith 

Development of Qmodem Terminal Software Package - John Friell III 

Development of the First Single Package v.32/v.32 bis modem chipset: 

Rockwell Design Team 

Outstanding International Connectivity - Dr. Vinton Cerf 
Outstanding Hardware Contribution: Motorola Codex 

Outstanding Reporting in Telecommunications: New York Times - 

John Markoff 

Outstanding Software/ Firmware Contribution: Microcom - 

Greagory Pearson and MNP1 

Best Overall Commercial Online Information Service: 

CompuServe Information Service 

Lifetime Achievement Award - Ward Christensen 
Lifetime Achievement Award - Dennis C. Hayes 
Lifetime Achievement Award - Don Watkins 


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A partial sampling of last year's ONE BBSCON speakers includes: 


Abernathy, Joe 
Aloia, Rodney 
Ambler, Chris 
Appleby, Jim 
Banks, Pete 
Barber, Steve 
Barry, James 
Baskerville, Bob 
Beaverson, Charla 
Bechtold, Alan 
Becker, Phil 
Beckman, Geoff 
Behrens, Kevin 
Bergman, James 
Bertilsson, Patrik 
Beruk, Peter 
Blanchard, Mark 
Bloom, Susan 
Bodger, Bruce 
Blinker, Scott 
Bryant, Alan 
Burnett, Mark 
Bush, Ed 
Carlson, David 
Carr, Jim 
Carrara, Ivano 
Carriger, James 
Chapman, Michael 
Charnoff, Leonard 
Chaum, Dr. David 
Chiappone, Chip 
Christensen, Ward 
Chubb, Lee 
Clark, Fred 
Clark, John 
Clawson, Pat 
Clement, Simon 
Clements, Brad 
Cooke, Gordon 
Coughlin, Brian 
Cozzi, Eric 
Cuervo, Fabian 
Cunningham, Stephen 
Curdy, William 
Curtis, Paul 
DaQuano, Jack 
Davis, Bob 
Davis, Paul 
Delfel, Randall 
Donovan, Brenda 
Drury, Matt 
Durand, Andre 
DuRocher, Sylvain 
Elliott, Brian 
Epstein, Charles 
Fellman, Harris 
Forsberg, Chuck 
Fowler, Dennis 
Fox, Daniel 
Frey, Russell 
Gerber, Kathy 
Getty, Troy 
Gibson, Graeme 
Glasgow, Karl 
Godwin, Mike 
Gooden, Greg 
Gottheil, Ezra 
Graham, Mark 
Green, Randall 
Greenbaum, Mike 
Grenier, Al 
Guthery, Tom 
Hamilton, Seth 
Hammond, Nate 
Hanson, Dan 
Harrer, Jim 
Hartman, Bob 
Hauser, Dennis 
Haynes, Steve 
Hayton, Mark 
Heder, Tess 
Heizman, Josh 
Heming, Rick 
Henke, Norm 
Herring, Mark “Sparky” 
Hertenstein, Frederic 


PC World 

The Index System 

UUPIus Development 

The Business BBS 

Nat'l Center for Missing Children 

Lance Rose and Associates 

ResNova 

MMB Development Corporation 

CompuServe 

BBS Press Services 

eSoft, Inc. 

Searchlight Software, Inc. 

Aquila BBS 

Telegrafix Communications Inc. 
InterMail Software Inc. 

Software Publishers Association 
Evansville Courier 
The Business BBS 
Truckstop BBS 
Galacticomm, Inc. 
eSoft, Inc. 

Application Programming & Dev. 
Logicom, Inc. 

The Albuquerque Tribune 
Jim Carr Solutions, Inc. 

Studio 5 Liguria srl 
Ventura Co. Community College 
Quarterdeck Office Systems 
Information Odyssey 
DigiCash bv 

General Electric Information Sys. 

CBBS/Chicago 

InterFace Builders 

Clark Development Company, Inc. 

Northern Telecomm 

TeleGrafix Communications, Inc. 

DataSafe 

MurkWorks, Inc. 

The Cooke Report 
PBS 

Mustang Software, Inc. 
Galacticomm, Inc. 

Northern Telecom 
Summit Software Services 
Coast Computer Technology 
Northern Telecom 
PHD-NSWC 
Mustang Software, Inc. 
deltaComm Development 
Pacific Rim Information BBS 
The ‘Go Graphics’ Group, Inc. 
Durand Communications, Inc. 
Vircom Inc. 

Durand Com. Net.. Inc. 

Ravinia Associates 
Galacticomm, Inc. 

Omen Technologies Inc. 
Computer Shopper Magazine 
Electronic Card Systems, Inc. 
PowerBBS Computing 
CompuServe 
Integrated Solutions, Inc. 
Computers Today on Television 
eSoft, Inc. 

Electronic Frontier Foundation 
The Annex 

Delphi Internet Services 
Pandora Systems International 
Durand Communications, Inc. 
Prodigy Services Company 
Cykic Software 
FLIX Productions 
Hamilton TeleGraphics, Inc. 
Jabberwocky 

Parallax Development Cor. 
Mustang Software, Inc. 
eSoft, Inc. 

Resort Tour & Cruise 
Exchange Computers 
TeleGrafix Communications, Inc. 
Channel 1 BBS 
TFSnet 

Mustang Software, Inc. 

PC-Ohio PCBoard 
QMail Deluxe 
Executive Director, ASAD 


Hewgill, Greg 
Hopmann, Alex 
Houston, Bob 
Howard, John 
Hughes, Dave 
Hull, Stephen 
Hunter, Scott 
Javorick, Kathy 
Johnson, John 
Jones, Dave 
Julson, Michael 
Katz, Phil 
Kauffman, Sheila 
Keeves, Andy 
Kennedy, Dave 
Kennedy, Peter 
Kerl, Dean 
Kirschner, Bruce 
Klingler, Steve 
Korman, Cindy 
Kovasiipi, Sakari 
Kramer, Charles 
Kuykendall, Andy 
Lane, Walt 
LaRosa, Frank 
Larsen, Steve 

Livingston, Steve 
Lovetto, Michael 
Maccaferri, Marco 
Maher, Daniel 
Maier, Ken 
Mallut, Barbara 
Markowitz, Maury 
McCarthy, Ken 
McCauley, William 
McClure, David 
Mclnnis, Michael 
Meier, Gerald 
Metcalfe, Robert 
Michnick, Robert 
Moriarty, Jeff 
Morris, Patty 
Nash, Ken 
Neelakanta, Mahesh 
Nelson, Ted 
Overholt, Joe 
Paulsen, Stan 
Peace, George 
Pierce, Jim 
Prinner, Bruce 
Rearick, Jean 
Redman, Michael 
Reeder, Jeff 
Rickard, Jack 
Ricketts, Joel 
Rintel, Ian 
Robertson, Sam 
Robison, Scott 
Rose, Lance 
Rossiter, Tim 
Royer, Ken 
Rozenberg, Bert 
Ryan, Greg 
Ryan, Kathy 
Santos, Hector 
Severn, Jonathan 
Sherrod, Phil 
Smiler, Barry 
Souvestre, John 
Stein, Bob 
Stewart, Pamela 
Stewart, Peter 
Struempf, Ron 
Sussell, Kathy 
Sussman, Vic 
Templeton, Brad 
Terry, David 
Thomally, George 
Timberman, Roy 
Walsh, Dale 
Welch, Scott 
White, Pete 
Whittle, Dave 
Wood, Larry 
Woods, Jeff 


Mustang Software, Inc. 

ResNova Software, Inc. 

Software Agents, Inc. 

Village Features Syndicate 
Old Colorado City Com. 

TogehterNet Foundation 
Mustang Software, Inc. 

PDN/Chatlink 
Icarus BBS 
TeleFlora Creditline 
BSI Technologies 
PKWARE, Inc. 

Kauffman & Johnston Consulting Grp. 
The Executive Network Info. Sys. 
Deloitte & Touche 
George, Donaldson & Ford 
DataSafe Publications, Inc. 

Boulder County Civic Center 
Clark Development Company, Inc. 
Galacticomm, Inc. 

Vianet OY 

Attorney-at-Law 

Online Macintosh Users’ Group 

Fileshop BBS 

Searchlight Software, Inc. 

Prodigy Sen/ices Company 
Software Creations 
New Media 

Red Cross National Headquarters 

LORA BBS 

APDI 

Galacticomm, Inc. 

Blazin’ Bytes BBS 
SoftArc, Inc. 

Marketing Solutions/E-Media 

Lawrence Livermore Nat. Laboratory 

Association of Online Professionals 

dynabyte Computer Consultants 

TWO BBSCON 

InfoWorld 

Microsoft 

High Velocity 

My Secret Garden BBS 

Galacticomm, Inc. 

Galacticomm, Inc. 

Xanadu World Publishing Repos. 
Planet Systems, Inc. 

Clark Development Company, Inc. 
Pennsylvania Online! BBS 
Integrated Solutions 
Stealth BBS 
MarketSpace, Inc. 

Master Design, Inc. 

TeleGrafix Communications, Inc. 
Boardwatch Magazine 
InterScape Development 
Cheersoft 

Mustang Software, Inc. 

Clark Development Company, Inc. 
LOL Enterprises 
Searchlight Software, Inc. 

National Technical Information Svcs. 
Mountain Rose Multi Media 
EXEC-PC 
America Online Inc. 

Santronics Software 
Cardservice Tri-Counties 
S&H Computer Systems, Inc. 

Bardon Data Systems 
Southern Star BBS 
Galacticomm, Inc. 

Crystall Quill, Inc. 

InterMail Software Inc. 

Sirius Software, In.c 
Invention Factory 
US News & World Report 
ClariNet Communications Corp. 

Clark Development Company, Inc. 

BTI Company 

Sound Advice 

US Robotics 

SoftArc, Inc. 

GWA Services 
IBM, Inc. 

The ‘Go Graphics’ Group, Inc. 
deltaComm Development 


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The track further splits into detailed tracks for each popular package, 
demonstrating particular techniques on making the Internet connection, 
providing graphical interfaces, and introducing the wealth of third-party 
add-on modems and utilities available for each package. For existing BBS 
operators, these comprise virtually “mini-conventions” and work shops to 
learn the latest techniques and master tools to improve their BBS opera- 


THE INTERNET - CONNECTIVITY AND FUNCTIONS 

T he internet has grown to connect over 3,200,000 computers on some 
35,000 local area networks, creating the largest global network for 
data in history. This is a key part of the National data super highway so 
much in the press these days. At the 1993 ONE BBSCON, Dr. Vinton 
Cerf, president of the Internet Society and one of the original inventors of 
the TCP/IP protocol suite, characterized the individual BBS systems as the 
future “Gutenberg Press” of the Internet, and indeed the PC-based BBS 
packages promise to be absolutely the most cost effective means of hosting 
your own Internet site. This year, virtually every BBS software vendor is 
planning product introductions that will allow you to connect a low-cost 
PC-based bulletin board system to the Internet for ftp, telnet. World Wide 
Web and e-mail access at dollar figures unheard of previously in the 
Internet community. How to connect a BBS to the Internet is currently the 
hottest question out there among existing BBS operators, and of serious 
interest to those looking for an inexpensive method of establishing a pres¬ 
ence on the Internet using a PC in a closet. 

This track includes sessions describing the Internet generally, and working 
toward more specific uses of the UUCP dial-up protocol, SLIP, PPP, 56KB 
IP connections, T1 connection, telnet, ftp, Mosaic and World Wide Web, 
Gopher, the domain name system, Archie, and more. Most specifically, it 
includes detailed sessions on connecting various BBS platforms to the 
Internet for these services - how to, where to, what to. 

ONE BBSCON will feature full Internet Protocol ethemet connectivity to 
every booth on vendor floor, all session classrooms, and a bank of termi¬ 
nals for attendees to try out this fascinating new global connectivity. It 
promises to be one of the hottest topics of the show. 

LEGAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES IN ONLINE SERVICES 

T he online community comprises a new frontier for human activity and 
a brand new byway of commerce for business. Like any frontier, it 
brings up a host of questions of both a legal and social nature. This track 
deals with issues such as copyright, trademarks, freedom-of-speech, 
pornography/obscenity, privacy, gender issues online, and the social and 
legal aspects of doing business in an online world. Led by experienced 
attorneys who have steered their legal careers into areas dealing with intel¬ 
lectual property and new technologies, this track is particularly helpful in 
steering clear of legal difficulties encountered in operating an online ser¬ 
vice of any type. 


♦ ONE BBSCON gives us the opportunity to get our software 

engineers out of the office and in front of our customers. Our 
Wildcat! Sysops love to be able to talk one-on-one with these 
guys and bend their ear on the features they need the most. 
Our Engineers come back charged up ready to work wonders! 
We would not miss ONE BBSCON, it is the year's hottest 
event!" 

Jim Harrer 
President/CEO 
Mustang Software, Inc. 



EDUCATION AND GOVERNMENT APPLICATIONS 
OF BBS TECHNOLOGY 


N owhere has the application of BBS technology been more successful 
than in the government sector, with hundreds of bulletin boards 
springing up at the federal, state, and local level. Additionally, the educa¬ 
tion community has struggled with developing online technology as an 
educational tool. Again and again, the low cost of BBS applications has 
proven a winner in these sectors. In this track, successful BBS operators 
within government and education share the techniques used to fund, install, 
and operate successful bulletin boards to fill the mission of their organiza- 


GENERAL CONNECTIVITY TRACK 

A big area of interest in the BBS community revolves around the vari¬ 
ous means of connecting bulletin boards to each other. This track 
examines the history, technology, and future of various BBS networks 
such as the International FidoNet, RIME, ILINK, other QWK networks, 

TECHNOLOGY TRACK 

T he online community is founded on, and continues to deploy the latest 
in communications technologies to the advantage of individual callers. 
This track examines high speed modems. Integrated Services Digital 
Networks (ISDN), Direct Broadcast TV, Cable TV and X.25 networks, for 
connecting callers to online services. It also delves into areas such as geo¬ 
graphical interfaces, mail utilities, and other areas of development in bul¬ 
letin boards. 


♦ “Por segunda vez. la conferencia ONE BBSCON, organizada 
por la empresa ONE INC. logro reunir a miles de operadores de 
sistemas que durante cuatro dias compartieron una amplia var- 
iedad de actividades. El evento incluyo una completa sesion de 
conferencias y una exposicion con decenas de stands. El 
numero de asistentes se catculo en 2,000 y para la proxima 
conferencia en 1994 esperan contar con 4,000." 

Javier Matuk 
PC-Semanal 
Mexico City 


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ONE BBSCON 1994, 

VENDORS 

Access America 

Jaye Communications 

Access Atlanta 

Jefferson TelephoneAdept 

ADP AutoNet 

Lanus, Inc. 

American Banking Systems 

Lion’s Den International 

American Travel 


APDI 

Matrix Telecom 

Arizona MacUsers Group 

McAfee Associates 

Assoc, of Online Professionals 

MCI PC Connect 

Assoc, of Shareware Professionals 

MCI Small Business 

Atlanta PC Users Group 

Media Technologies 

BBS Press Service 

Microcom 

Boardwatch Magazine 

MMB Development Corp. 

Boca Research, Inc. 

Murkworks, Inc. 

BSI Technologies 

Mustang Software, Inc. 

Cardservice 

Nat. Shareware Library, Inc. 

Cert. Mustang Software Integraters 

NetManage 

Cheersoft 

Nothern Telecom 

Chicago Computer Broker 

NU IQ Software 

Clarinet Communications 

Online Access Magazine 

Clark Development Company, Inc. 

Online Atlanta Society 

Columbus PBX 

Online Communications, Inc. 

Community Long Distance 

Pandora Systems 

Computer Media Concepts 

Parallax Development Corp. 

Concentric Research Corporation 

PC Information Group, Inc. 

Continuum Software 

Peed Corporation/PC Cat. 

Criticom Corporation 

Pegasus Press, Inc. 

CYKIC Software 

PGG Graphics Images Svcs. 

Dallas Remote Imaging 

PKWARE, Inc. 

Data Xchange 

Planet Systems, Inc. 

DATABANK, INC 

Power Computing 

DataStorm Technologies 

Practical Peripherals 

DCA 

ProBoard USA 

deltaComm 

Prodigy Services Company 

DigiBoard 

Professional Developer's Grp. 

Digital Consulting 

PUGDOG Enterprises 

Digital Impact, Inc. 

Quarterdeck Office Systems 

Digital Universe 

ResNova 

Durand Communications Network 

Rockwell International 

Electronic Card Systems, Inc. 

Santronics Software 

Electronic Frontier Foundation 

Searchlight Software, Inc. 

EMS Professional Software 

SoftArc 

Engineer's Bookstore 

SPRINT 

eSoft, Inc. 

Supra Corporation 

Exec-PC, Inc. 

Team Darkstar 

Galacticomm, Inc. 

Teleflora Credit Line 

Giffy Enterprises 

Telegrafix Communications 

GroupWare, Inc. 

Tessier Technologies 

GTEK, Inc. 

The Business BBS 

GWA Services 

The INDEX System, Inc. 

Hamilton Telegraphies 

The MARKetplace 

Hard 2 Find Office Products 

The Pier Exchange 

Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc. 

Tint Technologies 

IBM 

Traders Connection 

INDEX Incorporated 

TWO BBSCON 

Infinite Data Source 

U.S. Robotics 

Integrated Solutions 

Vironix NA 

Interface Builders 

Voice Information Svcs Ltd 

InterMai! Software, Inc. 

VoiceNet 

International Online Service, Inc. 

Women's WIRE 

Jabberwocky 

Zoom Telephonies 

ZyXEL 

NEW IN '95 

ADP AutoNET 

ATG Systems 

B3 Corporation 

Banana 

CD Concepts, Inc. 

CyCube 

Delrina 

Dragon Business Service, Inc. 

Modern BBS 

O’Reilly & Associates 

PC Catalog 

Performance Systems Inti., Inc. 

PrivTel 

Remote Access Pro/ISD 


BUSINESS APPLICATIONS OF BBS 
TECHNOLOGY 

T his track provides sessions on various business applications of BBS 
technology such as product support bulletin boards, online sales ser¬ 
vices, special topic information services, internal company communica¬ 
tions, LAN extension, online databases, shopping online and more. 



VENDOR EXHIBITS 


T n addition to educational sessions, ONE BBSCON provides a unique 
JL opportunity to “shop” the wares of various technology vendors. As ONE 
BBSCON has grown, it has become the “mark” to have new product intro¬ 
ductions and rollouts “ready for ONE BBSCON.” As a result, many new 
exciting products make their very first appearance at ONE BBSCON. Last 
year Internet connections were available on the exhibit floor. 

Additionally, in a bid to enlist the early adopter class BBS operators tradi¬ 
tionally represent, and harness the information engine provided by several 
thousand BBS operators who are in DAILY contact with a cumulative 
mass of several MILLIONS of online callers, vendors have traditionally 
sold product directly at ONE BBSCON, and done so at extremely attrac¬ 
tive “show discount” prices. 

The result looks more like a “shopping frenzy” than a traditional vendor 
display floor with many attendees noting that they pay the expenses for 
their entire trip with the savings on needed modem, hardware, and software 
purchases made on the floor. 

This year, the Tampa Convention Center provides us with over 100,000 
square feet of vendor floor space with a booth capacity of some 300 10X10 
display units. And given the success at the previous three ONE BBSCON 
conventions, we expect to fill them early with some of the most innovative 
product developers, and exciting new communications products available 
on the market. 


♦ 'Nicht umsonst gilt die Telekommunikation ais grosster 
Wachstumsmarkt der kommenden Jahre - ein Eindruck, der 
sich aufder «ONE BBSCON» vollauf bestatigte." 

Gerald Meier 
Telematik Magazine 
Germany 


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al sales dollars - at BBSCON than 
event, including COMDEX“ 


Scott J. Brinker 
President/CEO 
Galacticomm, Inc. 


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Bob Baskervitle 
MMB Development 


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ONE BBSCON 



AUGUST 16-20,1995 


Registration & 
Hotel Reservation 
for the 4th Annual 


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TAMPA CONVENTION 
CENTER 

Headquarters: 

Hyatt Regency Tampa 


Registration Form 











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REQUIRED 


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4255 South Buckley Road, #308 
Aurora, Colorado 80013 













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O NE, Inc. has arranged for a convention rate at several Tampa hotels for this year’s ONE BBSCON. 

The rates are applicable August 12-August 23, 1995. Only ONE BBSCON attendees and their guests 
are eligible for these rates. 

To obtain the convention rate, reservations should be made with ONE, Inc., prior to July 21, 1995. After 
this date rates are no longer guaranteed and reservations taken by the hotel will be on a space available 
basis at the prevailing rates from the hotel. 

Reservations can only be made by completing this form and sending it to ONE, Inc., by mail or fax. Your 
hotel reservation will be processed based on the date received. You will receive a confirmation from the hotel 
verifying your reservation. 

**NOTE: Hotel reservations cannot be made until you have registered in full for the ONE BBSCON. 

There will be shuttle bus service from all hotels to the Tampa Convention Center. 


HOTEL SELECTION 

(Please list three choices as reservations will depend on availability. - 
Prices are per night single or double occupancy and do not include sales tax) 

Hyatt Regency TampafHost Hotel) $99 Holiday Inn Ashley Plaza $80 

Sheraton Grand Hotel $92 Wyndham Harbour Island $109 

Quality Hotel Riverside $59 Hyatt Regency Westshore $95 

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If you are a BBS operator, Please answer 
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AT WHAT HOTEL WILL YOU BE STAYING (FOR EMERGENCY PURPOSES)?_ 

CONFERENCE FEES: 

• On or before May 1 — $175 • May 2 to August 1 — $250 • After August 1 — $325 
There is an exhibit-only pass available on-site. The fee is $35 per day 

FEES INCLUDE: 

Admission to all ONE BBSCON sessions & exhibits, Wednesday evening Welcome reception (cash bar), coffee 
breaks, and three lunches 

OPTIONAL DINNER EVENTS: 

□ Dvorak Awards Dinner — $39 per person — Saturday, August 19 

“Pre-registrations will be taken until August 4,1995. All registrations after this date will be taken on-site." 

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•Cancellation Policy: Refunds, less $50 processing fee will be issued for WRITTEN requests received by July 21,1995. Absolutely no 
refunds after July 21,1995. No refunds for “no-shows” to the conference. 


RETURN THIS FORM TO: 

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